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Archaeological Park Carnuntum

The Romans came to Austria in 200 BC and their legacy is visible all over the country, from Vienna to the banks of the River Danube. Some 1,700 years ago, Carnuntum was a military barracks by the side of the Danube and by the first century AD it had expanded into most important town in the region, grown rich from trading in amber and with around 50,000 civilians settled there. Like most Roman settlements in central Europe, Carnuntum was destroyed by German tribal raiders in the fourth century; the town fell into decay and the ruined buildings were plundered for their stone. Two millennia later, aerial mapping has led the painstaking reincarnation of a cluster of these ruins, which, together with a museum and excavated amphitheatre, form today Archaeological Park Carnuntum.