Limeseum: i confini dell'Impero Romano in Germania

Limeseum: the borders of the Roman Empire in Germany


For those interested in the great history of Roman civilization and its achievements, the museum Limeseum is a fascinating attraction located in Wittelshofen, Bavaria.

Limeseum. Source: Wikipedia. Author: Wolfgang Sauber

The museum was built in the Limes region, which was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.

What are the Limes?

The name Limes comes from Latin, and was given to the structures used by the Romans to delimit and/or defend their territory, basically fortifications in the form of walls.

German borders

This physical limit was important as it delimited the territory of the Roman Empire to the south, from the Germanic tribes that inhabited the north, in the regions of Germania and Raetia (which today corresponds to some regions of Austria, northern Italy and Switzerland).

On the site of one of the several fortifications found during archaeological excavations, the Limeseum was built. In this museum the history of the region is told from the perspective of a Roman soldier called Decemberwhich makes the exhibition very attractive to children and young people as well.

Model of a Roman house, Limeseum. Source: Wikipedia. Author: Wolfgang Sauber.

In addition to the visitor being able to visually contemplate the region where the Limes, there is an entire exhibition that displays the context in which these people lived and recreates scenes from this time. The museum also displays other artifacts found in the region. Where there was the Limes, the Roman Empire sought to populate, maintain villages, to provide support and establish a bond of permanence within its limits.

Seen from the top of the hill next to the Limeseum, in the background, we see a rectangular demarcation on the ground, these are the ruins of the Limes Germanicus. Further ahead, the replica of the old Limes, in 1:10 scale.

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