Hidden Gems

Guy Ladrière collection: Ancient Gemstones in the Paris Jewelry School

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Last week I visited an exhibition in Paris called "Engraved stones. Cameos, inlays and rings from the Guy Ladrière collection". This exhibition is extraordinary itself, but in addition to it, I discovered a fascinating place where the exhibition is hosted: the School of Jewelry Arts of Paris. In a completely unexpected way, I had the chance to visit the School, guided by its [...]

Exhibition Rome, the City and the Empire at Louvre in Lens

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As part of their temporary closure at the Louvre in Paris, the Roman rooms are moving to the Louvre in Lens. This exhibition at the Louvre-Lens Museum offers a gigantic retrospective on Roman civilization, from its legendary foundation in 753 BC to the fall of the empire in 476 AD. It invites visitors to discover Roman art and civilization through the great subjects [...]

2022-06-11T12:49:18+00:00June 11th, 2022|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , |

Guide to the Roman Dalmatia: Top Destinations & Hidden Gems

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Dalmatia is the coastal region along the Adriatic Sea from the island of Pag in the North of Croatia to Kotor in the neighboring country of Montenegro. The long Dalmatian coast is one of the most touristic regions of Croatia thanks to the beauty of its sea, numerous scenic islands and also thanks to its rich ancient remains. History of Dalmatia The most [...]

Roman Nijmegen and the Valkhof Museum

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Written by Michel Gybels for Time Travel Rome Nijmegen is by far the most important location of Roman Netherlands. This is where the Roman era of the Netherlands began with the arrival of two legions in 19 BCE. The Romans also built here the first, oldest and biggest city of the Netherlands, Ulpia Noviomagus. Nijmegen played an important role as a military, administrative, [...]

2022-05-01T12:02:45+00:00April 23rd, 2022|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , , , , |

The Mithras Mystery – Exhibition Mariemont

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Written for Timetravelrome by Michel Gybels The god Mithras originated in Persia but was recovered by the Romans. For more than three centuries the cult was an overwhelming success throughout the Roman Empire, attracting thousands of followers between the first and fourth centuries of our era. More recently, sanctuaries have been discovered at Ostia in Italy, Mariana in Corsica, Kempraten in Switzerland, Alba [...]

2022-03-26T16:54:39+00:00March 26th, 2022|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , , |

On the traces of the Via Belgica: Maastricht – Heerlen – Tongres – Liège

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The Roman road between Boulogne-sur-Mer (France) and Cologne (Germany) is nowadays called Via Belgica. However, it was never known by this name in Roman times. The name appeared in the early 20th century as archaeologists were trying to reconstruct the Roman road system in the province of Germania Inferior. The construction of this road is generally credited to Marcus Agrippa, who was then [...]

2021-08-07T18:07:13+00:00August 7th, 2021|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Gallo-Roman Site of Argentomagus in France

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Written by Michel Gybels for Time Travel Rome Situated on the north bank of the River Creuse in central Gaul, the city of Argentomagus (meaning ‘money market’) was already a local centre before the Romans arrived around 50 BC. The Romans built a bridge across the river and Argentomagus became a thriving center of trade in the second and third centuries AD. The [...]

2021-06-30T20:27:47+00:00June 29th, 2021|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , , |

Roman Villa of Nennig and its Gladiatorial Mosaic

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The Villa of Nennig was discovered by chance in 1852: its discovery is due to a peasant digging a pit in his garden intended for the conservation of vegetables. The Archaeological Society of Treves, warned of the find of Roman remains, hastened to acquire the land and erected a temporary protective construction. The ruins of the villa are noted for their exceptional mosaics, [...]

2021-04-26T21:05:04+00:00April 26th, 2021|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , , |

Guide to the Roman Metz – Divodurum Mediomatricorum

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Occupying a strategic position at the confluence of the rivers Moselle and Seille, Metz was founded as a Celtic hillfort belonging to the Mediomatrici tribe. Later the city was located on a crossroads of important Roman roads going from Lyon to Trier and from Reims to Strasbourg. As Divodurum Mediomatricorum, it grew into an important city with at its peak a population estimated [...]

2021-02-09T20:35:51+00:00January 27th, 2021|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , |

Seven less known Roman sites in Trier – Augusta Treverorum

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Originally established by Celtic-Germanic tribes of the region, Augusta Treverorum, or "City of Augustus in the land of the Treveri," was so named during the reign of Emperor Augustus, who visited the region around 15 BC. It became an influential settlement, in part thanks to its location along the Moselle River Valley and also because it was a hub of fiscal and military [...]

2020-12-21T00:39:43+00:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: Hidden Gems, Top Destinations|Tags: , , |
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