Wally’s about to go down the ladder


A peep into the chambers and passages


Squeezing oneself through the passages


Look up and htere is a statue which had been crushed by the medival construction above it. Patrick and his team are laboriously bringing these statues ot the surface


Chisel marks on stone which held some kind of support


A base of one of the pillars that held up the curtains


Above ground, part of a statue of Pan recovered from the dig


Still in great condition – Pan. 

More about Apt –

During the 9th century, however, we know that the town was administered by the Counts of Apt and in the following century jurisdiction was shared between Counts and Bishops. It took on a new form with the development of the town as a commune (parliaments, then Consuls and Syndics).

Apt bustled with life in the Middle Ages, surrounded by its tight perimeter of ramparts and supported by flourishing trade. In the 14th century Apt benefited both directly and indirectly from the installation of the papacy in Avignon. Pope Urban V was present at the Regional Concilium of 1365, which took place in the town and defined new ecclesiastical rules as well as attempting to moderate customs and behaviour.

In 1483 Provence handed itself over to France and Apt followed suit.


The statues above can be viewed in the Apt museum.





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