A pair of roman columns still standing in the roman town of Nyon, Switzerland. After he had conquered the Gauls in 52BC, Julius Caesar retired his cavalry veterans to a town he had founded on the shores of the Lac Leman, called ‘Colonia Julia Equestris’. This had been built over the Helvetian settlement of Noviodunum. For two centuries, the town flourished, growing to house a population of 3’000 people. But from 350AD onwards there were increasing attacks from Alemans and Franks, who eventually succeeded in breaking through Roman defences. Stones from the town were then carted off for buildings elsewhere and by 550AD the town was in ruins and virtually deserted. Only part of its Roman name survived, ‘Colonia’ which became compressed into the single nasal syllable ‘Nyon’. These columns are some of the few stones that remain from Roman days. They have been re-erected on a promenade overlooking the lake as a reminder of the town’s earlier inhabitants.