"Ruins." Aquincum Roman Town Tip by bluebug

Aquincum Roman Town, Budapest: 23 reviews and 45 photos

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by bluebug

The following came from : http://www.fsz.bme.hu/hungary/budapest/bptour/bpduna03.htm

"The town was founded in the first century A.D. by the Roman legions which had occupied the region they called Pannonia, and which is today's Transdanubia. The military settlement was situated on the site of today's Óbuda, to the south of Árpád Bridge. Aquincum was a civilian town surrounded by walls, with aqueducts, sewers and paved streets. Artisans, tradesmen and vine-growers lived here, but in the fourth century the repeated attacks of the Barbarians forced the population to leave the city. Gradually even the walls disappeared; the foundations came to light only during excavations which, though started at the end of the eighteenth century, have only recently become regular and continuous."

When I went to visit these ruins I could'nt help but feel unfortunate to not have lived in those times and to witness a structure like that of the Aquincum. I passed by barred rooms that once held eager gladiators and tigers for battle. Now it hold only trash and homelessness. The ruins seem odd set amoung modern aparment complexes and outdoor cafes. Now the locals use it as a dog park.

Address: 1031 Budapest, Zahony utca 4.
Directions: On Szentendrei ut, after the Auchan store, on the right side. HEV trains from Batthyany ter to Aquincum or local trains from Nyugati pu. to Aquincum felso stop (directions Pilisvorosvar or Esztergom).
Phone: +36 (1) 250-1650, 454-0438
Website: http://www.aquincum.hu

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 12, 2005
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