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Praetorium, Cologne

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
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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  • If you are into Roman ruins this is a must see - may often not be on the tour radar but an interesting place 
  • Interesting to see Roman ruins underneath a German city, but since Cologne was a provincial capital, there they are! This is an underground excavation of the governor's residence, and if you're a fan ...  read more »
  • Roman artifacts and Roman ruins right under a modern city. My boyfriend and I thought this exhibit was really cool and well done. Highly recommended! 
  • 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.
  • Great place to visit! The ruins are incredible!
  • My favorite Museum, when it comes to the Romans. It is small, but fine and not so cluttered Roman Germanic Museum, which is located nearby. Perhaps also as a preparation for the RGM. Unique in the Roman sewer, which is accessible. You can also visit the Foundation of Praetoriums (holder Palace).
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  • Impressive remains of the Roman Palace and some sewer. Good as a detour on a trip in the Cologne city centre.
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  • Very impressive facility
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