A Day in the South of France – Part Three

Driving around the coast from Menton to La Turbie, we saw an enormous monolith perched high on the hilltops. Intrigued by the insanity of such builders, we had to get closer for a better look and things were not what we expected.

It turned out that we had found the Trophee des Alpes built by the Romans to celebrate Augustus’ victory over the tribes of the Alpes in 6 BC. It was mind blowing at 35 metres tall with its original height put at 49 metres.

What it would have looked like originally.

Reconstitution du Trophée des Alpes (Trophée d’Auguste) –
La Turbie (Alpes-Maritimes)

The nearby church of St Michel
It was an incredible structure and a true testament to Roman ingenuity and longevity. It was a truly beautiful find and after that, it was time to go home.

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