Since 1984 they have been digging up this Gallo-Roman villa. At this moment two outbuildings and the basin have to be excavated. It is an interesting place for an insight into the Gallo-Roman history and can be visited all year round. Enjoy your stay in our family hotel in Arlon!
Research has shown that the villa was in use from the middle of the 1st century until the 4th century. The area where the villa is located is on the banks of the Rulles that separates the Gaume, in the south, from the Ardennes in the north. The part that was chosen to locate the buildings was the south bank, on the north flank of a vacuum gaumaise. The owner decided to build the villa in a swampy cavity, near the stream that is fed by various sources, a few meters south of the villa. This specific location required a considerable amount of sand of the leveling of the land and for building foundations that sometimes reached a height of 3.8 meters.
Image courtesy of Villa Gallo-Romaine de Mageroy Facebook Page
Just like many other villa’s, Villa Mageroy is divided into two parts: the pars urbana that includes the main building and a residential courtyard: the pars rustica, consists of four outbuildings, a large pond and three lime kilns. The entire building was surrounded by a small wall that formed a rectangle of almost 200 meters long and about 145 meters wide, covering and area of 3 hectare. This large agricultural complex has gone through various phases of development and restoration.
The main stone building was constructed in the beginning of the 2nd century. It was south facing and had a typical floor plan of a Gallo Roman villa: a central hall preceded by a colonnade gallery flanked by two square rooms, a wing reserved for the kitchen, dining room and basement and a second wing for the apartments. In the middle of the 2nd century the master enlarged the villa with private baths and a huge swimming pool. During the 3rd century the master added some extra rooms, an entrance porch, stables, barns and agricultural houses. It seems that there was also a bronze workshop in the residential courtyard.
At the end of the 3rd century Villa Mageroy got raided by the Germans. In 262 the villa eventually burned down and was abandoned. From the period that followed they found latrines, a silo tower and two wheat dryers. After your visit to Villa Mageroy you can have a nice dinner in our hotel restaurant in Arlon.