Lousonna, Switzerland

11 February 2016

Another nice walk along the lake, this time specifically to visit the ruins of the original settlement Lousonna, out of which the medieval city of Lausanne grew. The original Gallo-Roman town developed from the end of the 1st century BC through the 4th century AD, after which it was partially abandoned in favor of a location higher up on the hill. It was mostly a commercial town, connecting the Rhine and Rhone transportation networks, with merchandise from all over the Roman empire passing through.

First some views from along the lake.

And then the ruins.

The area where the ships would have docked to load and unload their goods.

What's left of the Basilica, the largest building of the town.

What the previous pic would have looked like 2000 years ago, on the inside...

...and from the outside.

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