Must see places in Austria: Carnuntum

Have you ever heard about “Garum”? This fermented fish-sauce was the most popular sauce in the Roman Empire.

In Ancient Times most of the Austrian Territory was part of the Roman Empire and the Danube was a part of the Limes. Along that river military camps were situated in regulated distances. And some of these military camps became cities.

Between the 2nd and 3rd century AD Carnuntum was one of the most important settlements in the Roman Empire. It had about 50.000 inhabitants, and in 308 the Emperor Diocletian, Maximinian and Galerius met there to negotiate about political tensions in the Empire.

In 374 Carnuntum was destroyed by German invaders.

Today Carnuntum is an open air museum. In the last years a lot of the destroyed buildings in the former civil town have been rebuilt, e. g. the thermal bathes, a villa urbana and the house of a merchant. And the archeologists are still reconstruction. So I look forward to see newly reconstructed buildings there next year.

Carnuntum
Heidentor – remnants of a triumphal arch outside the town
Carnuntum
Covered hallway in front of the thermal bath and the villa urbana
Carnuntum
Covered hallway in front of the thermal bath and the villa urbana
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Roman cookschop
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Inside the villa urbana
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Kitchen in the house of a merchant
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Courtyard in the house of a merchant
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The thermal bathes