Period I

The Mosaics of Orbe-Boscéaz

The Villa is the largest estate in Roman Switzerland. The villa had exceptional dimensions, 230 x 90, and was organized around five courtyards, the two main ones being surrounded by colonnades. In this part there were also heated baths. Several rooms were decorated with mosaics on the floor. The surrounding wall of the villa had a circumference of about 400 and there were several buildings attached to it that were related to the exploitation of the estate. To the west of the surrounding wall, a temple dedicated to the Persian god Mithra was built at the beginning of the 3rd century. Nine mosaics are still visible today. It is the most beautiful and largest collection of Roman mosaics north of the Alps. They have been preserved in their original location and offer a wide variety of designs and subjects (Source and further information: www.pro-urba.ch/mosaiques).