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A florishing town under Roman laws
Today known as Alise-Sainte-Reine, Alesia once stood on top of a hill between Montbard and Dijon in the Côte-d'Or department. The site has been frequented since the Neolithic period, and the Celts would have inhabited it, though the few traces they left were mostly covered by the Romans. The city prospered after the battle of Alesia and was endowed with a theatre, a forum, a civil basilica, as well as several sanctuaries such as that of Apollo Moritasgus at a place called the Croix Saint-Charles. Alesia was renowned for its bronze craftsmen and blacksmiths and housed 4,000 inhabitants around the second third of the 3rd century. It later declined until becoming a hamlet.
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