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Roman Amphitheatre and Barbarathermen

Roman Amphitheatre

A good 10 minutes walk uphill, is the Roman Amphitheatre, originally just outside the city, with the town walls actually running along the highest level of the west pavilion. It was used for popular entertainment such as gladiator fights and execution by wild animals. During the Middle Ages, it became a quarry but much of the original remained. It had a seating capacity of 20,000 and is still sometimes used for open-air concerts. It is possible to climb up to the highest levels for fine views, or to descend to the subterranean level in the center of the stadium where prisoners and animals were held.


Also of interest, near the River Mosel, the Barbarathermen (Barbara Baths) were built in the second century as the largest Roman-bathing complex at that time. Its ruins were used as a castle in the Middle Ages, but torn down in the 17th century when the building material was recycled to build a college. Only the foundations and subterranean service tunnels survived to the present day. To date, about a third of the complex has been excavated.

Last updated June 30, 2011
Posted in   Germany  |  The Mosel Valley
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