Budapest – Aquincum Museum

Budapest was colonized a long time ago.  There is proof of civilization that dates to around 50.  This is not a typo; it is year 50. Yep, That old!

Back then, the city was named Aquincum and was part of the Roman Empire.  A well-developed water system was in place and they already used the thermal water springs.  At one point, it is estimated that by the end of the 2nd century, the city counted 30,000 people.

The city was largely unknown up until 1778.  That year, a wine maker discovered ruins while digging.  This was the start of an important archaeological journey.  The findings were quickly associated with the ancient city.

Over the years, Obuda-Budapest’s past has been revealed and it is now being presented in the Museum. The museum is not only displaying the outdoor excavation work but also offers a showcase of items discovered onsite in the indoor exhibition hall as well.

On the outskirt of the museum, two amphitheaters have also been discovered: the Civil and the Military ruins.  The latter is the oldest, dating back to around 145. You can access the amphitheaters without going to the museum, but your overall understanding will be lacking.