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LE LANGON Ille et Vilaine, France.

In the center of the village is a small building of Gallo-Roman origin whose original purpose is unknown. Known as the Chapelle Sainte-Agathe, it is a large rectangular room with a semicircular vaulted apse at its W end.

The walls, fairly well built, consist of a core of mortared rubble faced with small blocks and having alternating bands of brick. The sides of the apse are decorated with frescos representing Venus Anadyomene. The goddess is shown rising from the sea beside a winged Cupid who is riding a dolphin. Fish of all kinds abound in the water. Although the frescos are faded, the color scheme of the whole composition can still be distinguished. Apparently the side walls of the building were originally separate from those of the apse, so that each element was isolated. When the monument became Christian, the open space between the side walls and the exedra was closed with a wall pierced by a semicircular doorway, and small bays were added to the N and S walls as well as to the apse.


A. Ramée, “Notes sur le Monument gallo-romain de Langon,” RA (1866); F. Dauce, “Historique des recherches sur le Monument gallo-romain de Langon,” Annales de Bretagne 68, 1 (1961).


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