Carnuntum, city of emperors, has been reborn. Uniquely throughout the world, the basic types of architecture in a Roman city quarter have been reconstructed in Carnuntum in their historical context: a citizen’s house, a splendid city mansion and public baths. The reconstructions are not fictitious sets or museum objects, but buildings that can be lived in.
This means that all the buildings have been equipped with Roman underfloor heating systems and fully-functioning kitchens, and all the rooms are furnished. All layouts and decorative details refer to a single era, as does the level of the streets in the city quarter. Thus a unique time frame is opened in the first five decades of the 4th century AD. Just as if time had stood still 1700 years ago, when Carnuntum was the scene of an event that was to change the world permanently.
On 11 November 308 AD three Roman emperors decided the future of the Roman Empire. The results of this Emperors’ Conference were partly responsible for the triumphal progress of Christianity and thus our western culture. Even before this event Carnuntum was at the centre of world politics time and again. Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius or Septimius Severus – they all influenced the history of this city of emperors. More than 100 years ago a treasure house for the witnesses of this great past was erected – the Museum Carnuntinum, Austria’s largest and undoubtedly loveliest Roman museum. Built in the style of a Roman country villa, the elegant structure houses the treasures of more than 400 years of Roman life in Carnuntum.
A visit to Carnuntum brings the Romans back to life: architectural masterpieces, romantic ruins and valuable treasures – and all this only half an hour by car from Vienna and Bratislava.
The Romans have never been so close!