Arras was founded on the hill of Baudimont by the Celtic tribe of the Atrebates, who named it Nemetacum or Nemetocena in reference to a nemeton (sacred grove) that probably existed there. It was later renamed Atrebatum by the Romans, under whom it became an important garrison town.
The archaeological site “Nemetacum” in Arras is open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays at 3.00 pm and 4.00 pm. The 2,000 m² site is one of the rare sanctuaries devoted to the oriental god Attis in France.
NEMETACUM ANTIQUE CITE D’ARRAS
77 rue Baudimont, 62 000 ARRAS
Phone: 00 33 3 21 71 42 62
Reconstitution of the entrance door of Nemetacum.
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