Mythical places in the upper Rhine region

Augusta Raurica

Under Apollo’s watchful eye

By the excavations at the Roman site of Augusta Raurica multiple temple complexes were discovered. They bear witness to the strong presence of the divine world in everyday life in ancient times. Shortly before he was murdered in 44BC, Julius Caesar ordered General Munatius Plancus to establish a Roman colony on the site of this Rauriker settlement. Under the Emperor August the town received a new name: Colonial Paternal Lunatics Felix Pollinators Augusta Emerita Raurica. The choice of name shows how important Apollo
was as protector of the people. He was worshipped in the Temple at Grienmatt. On the western and southern limits of the settlement there are various Gallo-Roman square temples, a sign of how the native Raurik culture became intermingled with the Roman beliefsystem. What is especially impressive is the Roman bath, where a whole range of gods, including Aeskulap, the demigod of healing, were worshipped. Under the supervision of healer priests medical procedures took place here as well as prayer and ritual offerings.
By the excavations at the Roman site of Augusta Raurica multiple temple complexes were discovered. They bear witness to the strong presence of the divine world in everyday life in ancient times. Shortly before he was murdered in 44BC, Julius Caesar ordered General Munatius Plancus to establish a Roman colony on the site of this Rauriker settlement. Under the Emperor August the town received a new name: Colonial Paternal Lunatics Felix Pollinators Augusta Emerita Raurica. The choice of name shows how important Apollo was as protector of the people. He was worshipped in the Temple at Grienmatt. On the western and southern limits of the settlement there are various Gallo-Roman square temples, a sign of how the native Raurik culture became intermingled with the Roman beliefsystem. What is especially impressive is the Roman bath, where a whole range of gods, including Aeskulap, the demigod of healing, were worshipped. Under the supervision of healer priests medical procedures took place here as well as prayer and ritual offerings.

Augusta Raurica
Giebenacherstrasse 17
4302 Augst, Schweiz
+41 (0)61/5522222

www.augusta-raurica.ch

 

Öffnungszeiten:

Museum Augusta Raurica:
daily 10h – 17h

External grounds, Animal farm and mountain huts:
daily 10h – 17h

closed:
24./25./31.12.; 01.01.

 

Führungen:

by prior registration

 

Eintritt:

adult: 8 CHF
children: 6 CHF

 

Anfahrt:

car, bus, S-Bahn, train, bicycle, boat

Tourist-Info:

Augusta Raurica Gästeservice
Giebenacherstrasse 17
4302 Augst
+41 (0)61/5522222
mail@augusta-raurica.ch

www.augusta-raurica.ch