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The Social Traveler in the amphitheatre in Xanten, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler

Ro­man set­tle­ment by the Rhine

The Xanten-mis­sion: I had to find the place at the Rhine where once the Ro­mans built the city “Co­lo­nia Ulpia Trai­ana”. And I had to meet my “Ro­man” guide who told me more about the rest of the day.

The city of Xanten at the Lower Rhine was the most im­port­ant Ro­man set­tle­ment by the Rhine, foun­ded by em­per­or Trai­anus 2000 years ago. An open-air mu­seum gives you an idea of how the city would have looked like in the Ro­man days. The ori­gin­al name of the city was Co­lo­nia Ulpia Trai­ana and it had close to 10 000 in­hab­it­ants in her days of Ro­man glory. You can find re­con­struc­ted or re­covered parts of the Ro­man set­tle­ment in the mu­seum. So you can lit­ter­ally take a huge step in time and learn all about the Ro­man way of liv­ing.

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    Sheep at the Lower Rhine, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
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    Rose in front of a windmill, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
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    Bjorn dressed up as a Roman at APX Xanten, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
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    LVR-Archaeological Park Xanten, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler

My first stop on site was the place where a team is re­build­ing a typ­ic­al Ro­man boat. True crafts­men­ship is found in this place and it gives a great in­sight as to how the Ro­mans took the prox­im­ity of the Rhine to their ad­vant­age.

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    Boat at the APX Xanten, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
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    Rebuilding roman boats at APX Xanten, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
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    Boat at APX Xanten, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
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    Boat APX Xanten, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler

Close nearby you will find the rel­ics of a massive har­bour temple. Only a few parts of the temple have been re­stored, but look­ing at these ar­ti­facts, it?s not at all too hard to ima­gine how grand the temple must have looked, viewed from a ship on the Rhine! I also vis­ited a re­con­struc­ted Ro­man villa, that gave me a good idea about typ­ic­al Ro­man life 2000 years ago.

Read more about The So­cial Trav­el­er ex­plor­ing Xanten.

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    Bjorn at Archaeological Park Xanten, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
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    Archaeological Park Xanten, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
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    LVR-Archaeological Park Xanten, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
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    LVR-Archaeological Park Xanten, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler

I stayed at lovely camp­ing Ker­st­gen­shof in the middle of nature.

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