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Praetorium, Cologne
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See the remains of a city long past at Cologne's Praetorium, located below the Altes Rathaus and belonging to the Jewish Museum. Once the official residence of the Imperial Governor of Cologne, these well-preserved ruins from the Roman period represent the political-administrative cradle of the region for that time. The walls of the fourth-century palace remain accessible and visible in the Archeological Zone. Finds include pottery, wall paintings, marble decorations, mosaics, and sculptures. Also, look for old Roman sewer, which you can access from the anteroom of the Praetorium. Put Praetorium into our Cologne trip itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • I loved visiting the site. The ruins are fascinating. The only thing missing is an English language guide book, which would have really helped gain a little more perspective. 
  • Interesting place, the remains of the Palace of the Roman Governor. Many products and designs in marble, related to the period. Nice remained part of the marble floor. Also presented with pottery and handicrafts that were found during the excavations.
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  • While walking to the Centre of Cologne, just a short walk from the Duomo and the main museums you will come across an attraction is unfortunately not well reported. The Praetorium is a piece of Rome underground in Cologne, which was found during excavations near the Cathedral, offering visitors the chance to imagine what was the city of Cologne in the Roman Empire. Amazing that you go into a building that anything to do with the archaeological findings, and suddenly be faced with a glimpse of the hidden city and submerged. The information is in German and English (as in most of the city sights) and I think it's absolutely worth visiting
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  • Great place to visit! The ruins are incredible!
  • For 3.50 euro, you can go under the current town hall where the foundation of the Roman town hall is found. Not a whole lot of artifacts, but for the price? Its a good pick.
  • Beautiful as addition to the museum. We had a combined ticket. As stand-alone batteries something less special.
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  • Those who are interested in the Roman history of Cologne should visit the holder Palace. Nan also in the approximately 145 meters walk-in Roman sewer comes from here
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  • As a forgotten Museum. The entrance to show tourists more than inconspicuous, yet always again beautiful there with the Roman sewer and the Statthalterhaus of the grandeur of the Roman Cologne. What's wrong with me personally is something more multimedia processing. KWunsch big one walk through the Roman Cologne virtual or on the PC.
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