Roman crossroads


Name: Roman crossroads
Type: Sights / other
Settlement: Szombathely
Address: 9700 Szombathely, Fő tér 4.


There was a large-scale archaeological excavation launched on a vacant site flanked by Szombathely's Main Square and Hefele Menyhért Street between 1991 and 1998 before the site was built in, as a result of which a large area of a former Roman residential district was unearthed. The finds were moved to the local museum, while the unearthed building gables were partly reburied and partly fell victim to the building operations that followed. A little restored part of Roman Savaria can be viewed through the floor in the bank building on the western side of Szombathely's Main Square, which was an excellent novel idea to introduce to the public what the local archaeologists found in the 1990s. Through the glass floor of the bank we can clearly see the old Roman crossroads that also reveal one of the hubs of the town's ancient sewage system. By the road, covered by basalt transported here from Mount Ság, near the town of Celldömölk, there stands a superb Corinthian column carved of limestone looking down at us from its orginal height. The excavated ruins used to stand on the southern part of Savaria's central area; one of the streets in the exhibition area is the Amber Route, running through the centre of the town, and a 20 Roman feet (c. 6 metres) wide main street joined the route forming a T-shape. Beneath both streets there stretched an arched, man size sewage, a part of Roman Savaria's public utility works.

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Opening period:January 1. - December 31.
Opening hours:Monday: 7.45-18.00 <br> Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday: 7.45-17.00 <br> Friday: 7.45-16.00
Open to visitors:Between the opening hours of the bank
Door money:free
Wheelchair accessible:yes
Architectural style:others


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