The Dionysius mosaic, made in typical Roman style, is one of the best pieces in the display at the museum. Its a beautiful and eye-catching floor. The mosaic was excavated from the same place where the museum has now been built, i.e. exactly behind the Cologne Cathedral. The museum was built after the WWII in order to display archaeological excavated items showing the Roman rule from all across city of Cologne.
Cologne was one of the famous cities under Roman Empire. Many old relics and stone sculptures, artefacts etc. were excavated here. It is a good place to know the ancient history of the region. The items have been beautifully displayed. The entrance fee is not much but one idea is also to see the museum from outside as the museum has mainly clear glass walls and a large portion of the display items including the most important ones can be very easily seen ad photographed from outside. All my photos are taken from outside. I did not have enough time to visit it although I would have loved to.
As the historic Colonia Agrippinensis was located at the frontier between the Roman and the Germanic world, many archaeological findings were excavated here that give a glimpse on how life was in a Roman border town in antiquity. The Roman-Germanic museum is a good place to brush up your knowledge on ancient history and is probably one of the the top museums of its kind in Germany. Located just next to the Cologne Cathedral.
The Romano-Germanic Museum exhibits a large collection of pieces from the roman period. One of the most impressive is the Dionysos mosaic. It is made up of about 1.5 million. It was discovered in 1941 in a Roman villa. The motifs are scenes related to the Dionysos legend.
Next to the Roman museum is an old excavated street which shows what those looked like. Unfortunately, it is not in its original place but has been moved here during the building on modern Cologne and when they moved it, they only chalkmarked the stones which meant that the marks disappeared in the rain and the street is now put together in a "guesswork". Sadly, it is today also mostly used for passing partygoers at night, which means that whilst perfectly safe, it is littered with glass and other waste, but it is still not a wasted effort seeing it since it is in such a central location anyway.
As mentioned by others you can get a glimpse of the interior of this museum without entering. This makes sense if you are not into this sort of stuff or if you do not have time (been-there-seen-that) as we are doing now apologetically. The Dionysius mosaic is the greatest item in the collection, so look at it for a while. I could not make out the revelries from outside, but that is certainly a neat floor for a party room!The Germans have been very careful with their Roman Antiquities and they have always been leading Archeologists. The last picture was taken in the parking garage where we parked our car under the nearby parvis.
I spent hours visiting the art museum and then the museum of Roman antiquities. Sometimes people forget that many countries in Europe (and the UK) have great Roman artifacts. Both museums are located near the main square in front of the famous and magnificent cathedral.
Roman Cologne was one of the most important towns in northern regions of the Roman Empire. Besides being an important city it was also one of the most important crossings of the Rhine. Romans constructed the first sturdy bridge over the Rhine in the year 310. It stood only for 100 years and it took 15 centuries for the next solid bridge to be built over the river.
Apart from the already mentioned remains of the Roman street not much is evident of the Roman town on the streets of today's Cologne. But archaeological remains were found everywhere in central Cologne, the most important being the Dionysius Mosaic that was found standing next to the Cathedral. Exactly over this spot the Römisch-Germanisch Museum was built after the WWII showing the remains of the Roman Cologne.
Cologne is the oldest major city in Germany. The name Cologne stems from the Roman empress Agrippina. The wife of the Emperor Claudius was born on the banks of the Rhine and elevated her "Colonia" to the status of a city in the year 50 A.D. Today, traces of the Romans are still to be found at every turn in Cologne: the Dionysus mosaic in the Römisch-Germanisches Museum, sections of the Roman city wall and the Roman water system, which formerly brought fresh spring water to the Roman city from the Eifel region.
I must admit I did not venture inside this museum, but it was very popular and looked extremley busy!
You can see some of the artefacts from outside of the museum as my photograph shows.....its located next to the Dom in the heart of Cologne.
It is an absolut must see if you are a bit interested in the old times when romans have been in Colonia, you learn a lot about the history of the old tribes living here during the roman times and the romans themselves.
Cologne has many museums but the Roman-Germanic Museum is a real must for History buffs - its next to the cathedral annd you can't niss it. It contains a large collection of objects excavated in Cologne revealing the city’s early history. Many pottery exhibits can be seen externally.
Next to the Cathedral is an old Roman street to walk on. It looks like it was discovered and unearthed as it is quite a bit lower (three metres or so) than its surroundings. It is interesting that Roman ruins are always metres under current grade. Does that mean that mountains are wearing down over time and getting deposited on the rest of Europe?
I am always amazed when I come across architecture that was designed almost 1700 years ago. There is also part of the Roman town (recreated) on the other side of the Cathedral. And just above the street is the Romisch-Germanisches Museum which we did not have time to visit. Maybe next time!
Walking in the photo are (l to r) my wife, martin_nl, sabsi, and tinytuck.
This museum is just next to the central station and the Dom. Last time when I was here it was Monday, and it was closed. I am not sure if I really want to visit this museum, maybe I should check the web site first.
Between the Roman-Germanic-Museum and the Cathedral there's an old Roman street to walk on. The remains of this street were found and uncovered 1969. The street is said to originate from 3-4 AD! For safety reasons the stones found were put in a different direction though, otherwise the people would probably tumble around this little lane :-)