Austrian Sights

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  1. J. A.

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    They already had to. This year, there's the possibility to post-nominate, but it's not certain that these people are allowed to start, because of capacity limit.
     
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    Yesterday, I went back even more in history than before, to the times when Roman emperor Marc Aurel was in this region. I visited archaeological park Carnuntum (Lower Austria, Petronell), about an hour's drive from home.

    My parents had visited it with my sister and me when I was in kindergarten. It's not interesting for a 5 year old to walk through sights like this:


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    I took this picture yesterday. They're building up a new house there.

    Since then, many things have changed. In the meantime, I've visited Carnuntum 3 or 4 times afterwards, each time detecting something new.
    You'll also recognize a distinct change between the first picture above and the pictures to follow.

    You notice the archaeological park from afar:


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    Here's the entrance.
    As soon as you've left the building: you'll see a model of the Roman city in 3 D.


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    This is just a small part of it. It shows what Carnuntum has looked like ~ 1600 years ago.

    Then you enter the area. This monument will catch your eye:


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    Emperors' conference
    There's also a restaurant:


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    The first few things you'll see are ruins like these:


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    When I was a child, we weren't allowed to walk through them. There was a path where we had to go, and look down at the walls. Now you may go almost everywhere.
    And then there's the first building:


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    Lucius' house
     

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    All the houses were rebuilt like they could have looked in former days, there are gardens and furniture.

    Villa urbana and thermae from different angles:


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    This belongs to villa urbana:


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    The last two pictures are main hall from outside and inside.
    The entrance to the public baths:


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    The first rooms to the left are called thermopolium, a catering establishment:


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    You can also see a Roman toilet (I didn't take a picture).
    The rooms of the bath:


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    Basilika thermarum - a central assembly room


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    Frigidarium


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    Tepidarium


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    This is the entrance to


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    Caldarium (the water there is really hot, and it feels like in a sauna in this room.)
    You can also see the structure of a heating system:


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    There are two amphitheatres near this park. Here are a few pictures of the larger one:



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    It didn't change much since my childhood.

    There's an exhibition (new):


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    As souvenir, you can buy things like this:


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    Your posts about Carnuntum with the photographs are fascinating Johanna. The bath house interiors are very much like those discovered in Pompeii.

    Thank you for sharing. I'm off to look up the site on the Maps app. :)

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    Thank you! :)
    Carnuntum is fascinating, imho. It's history brought to life. My son hasn't seen the park like it's now. He was excited when we entered the buildings.
     
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    I love seeing your pictures, Johanna.
    Thanks, bobbi
     
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    I'm glad you like them.
     
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    Today I decided to end my holidays with a visit to Halbturn, 20 km from Apetlon, with it's baroque castle. The buildings were hunting and summer residence for the Imperial family in former times.

    There's an exhibition since April, up to October 27: "Gold of the North - Amber". I was allowed to take pictures there, so here are a few of them:


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    As visible, not only amber was there, but also the history of my region, beginning with primeval times.

    There also was a replica of the famous Amber Room:


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    That's just one part of the three in that room.
    The next three days, there also will be a gardening exhibition. I saw some of the preparations:


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    The castle itself and the buildings that belong to it:



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    The last picture shows part of a restaurant there.

    I was teacher in Halbturn for over a year, before I came to my village. When the weather was fine, and we had gym lessons, we often visited the park around the castle. It's not really huge, but beautiful, and a good place to let children run around.


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    There was no possibility to take many pictures. The ways were mostly closed because of the gardening exhibition.
     

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