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Xanten Archaeological Park
- Xanten Archaeological Park
- Alt Name:
- Archaologischer Park Xanten
- Ancient Rome
- Western Europe
- 0AD - 99AD
about Xanten Archaeological Park
Xanten Archaeological Park (Archaologischer Park Xanten) houses the remains of the former Roman settlement of Colonia Ulpia Traiana. The area of the park was first garrisoned by Roman legions in around 13BC and soon flourished.
Roads and a harbour were built as was a vast military camp and, except for an interruption due to a Germanic Bataver revolt in 69-70AD, it continued to thrive. In 88-89AD this settlement was finally honoured with the status of being a "colonia" and thus Colonia Ulpia Traiana was born.
Most of the buildings in Xanten Archaeological Park date back to the second century, when great building projects were undertaken. By this time, the colonia had a population of around 10,000 people and was a great agricultural hub. However, it was utterly destroyed by the Germanic Franks in the third century and, despite final attempts to breathe life back into the settlement, including further fortification, it was abandoned by the fourth century.
At 73 hectares, Xanten Archaeological Park is now Germany’s largest outdoor museum and offers so much to see. It is a mixture of ruins and reconstructed sites including temples, homes, an amphitheatre, a city wall, a baths complex and an inn, to name but a few. There is also a museum housing finds from excavations.
Overall, Xanten Archaeological Park offers a fascinating insight into life in this Roman settlement and really lets you immerse yourself in its history. You can even dress up like a Roman.
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Address: Wardter Strasse, 46509 Xanten, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 2801 988-9213
Located in Xanten, approx 45km north of Duisburg. The Regional express train travels from Duisburg to Xanten (45 min.) and then it’s a 20 min. walk from the station (signposted).
Open daily. March-Oct 9am-6pm, Nov 9am-5pm, Dec-Feb 10am-4pm. Closed 24, 25, 31 Dec. Entry €9 adults, €6 disabled persons, students, apprentices. Under 18s free. Group/family tickets available.
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