colonia ulpia traiana

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This is Colonia Ulpia Traiana, a wonderful reconstructed Ancient Roman colony in Xanten, Germany.  The Xanten Archeological Park is a hidden jewel in terms of Classical vacation experiences, because it’s further away from the heart of the Empire in Rome, but it is an amazing piece of history.  It was originally a Roman camp, Campa Vestra, but it became a colony under emperor Marcus Ulpius Traianus, whom it is named after.  The site is a beautiful blend of ancient ruins and reconstructions of Roman buildings.  If you are ever in the area, you should definitely visit!

Click on the pictures for more information, and also check out the second post.