Last Saturday I visited the Roman Palace at Fishbourne with a friend, before going on to the Novium in Chichester. We should have followed it up with a walk around the roman walls but we were too tired.
I walked to Fishbourne from my flat, texted this picture to say that I was on my way!
Hypocausts were the roman form of heating. Air vents in the floor sucked in heat from a furnace outside
Scallop shell mosaic
As the Palace was looted after the 4th Century, most of the remains present are beautiful mosaics
This pattern was quite common
Here’s a more complete version of the optical illusion patterns. See how the crosses seem to be either raised up from or recessed into the floor by the parallelogram around them.
A celtic knot, which was also a popular roman motif
This tiled floor is amazing. I think it represents the four seasons.
Another look at that lovely mosaic
Outside there is a mock roman garden where I snapped this little fella buzzing away
After Fishbourne, on to the Novium – the site of another roman building
This building also has a hypocaust like the Fishbourne palace
Featured image is “Roman Palace” by Fraser Elliot, creative commons license. I had to use this as I forgot to take a picture of the palace as a whole!