"Thermen Museum Heerlen" Top 5 Page for this destination Surrounding area Tip by ger4444

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In this museum you can find a complete Roman bathhouse. In the days of the Roman Empire it was called the bathhouse of Coriovallum, which is the Roman name for the town that is nowadays called Heerlen. This bathhouse was build in the second century and in those days it was the most important building in town. Coriovallum was an important trading place and all travellers, merchants, soldiers went to this place not only to take a bath but also to get a massage, visit a doctor, have a quick snack or play games. The museum has some interestings things that you must see. First: there?s an unique collection of Roman pottery. In some of the pieces, there is an inscription of the name of the potter (Lucius), so that we now know that one of the original inhabitants of Heerlen was called Lucius. Second: There?s a mediavel copy of a Roman map on which the erea of Limburg is depicted, including the cities of Maastricht (Trajectum ad mosam) and Heerlen. Third: there are some tombstones and a coin dating from the period of Hadrianus. I personally think, that when you have ever been in Rome, having seen lots of things ? temples, coins, tools etc. ? of the Romans, this museum is not really exciting. But if you have special interest in the way how the Romans used to live in the area of Heerlen, the museum will give you a good impression.
To get there: take the train to Heerlen. Train leaves two times an hour (approx. '05 and '25)

othercontact: cariovallumstraat 9
Phone: 045-5605100

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  • Written Dec 14, 2002
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