Colonia Ulpia Traiana

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

The Harbour temple in the former Roman city Colonia Ulpia Traiana

Colonia Ulpia Traiana (CUT) was a Roman town near the German city of Xanten.

The city was named after Emperor Trajanus, who had given her the status of Colonia around the year 100. It belonged in the top 150 cities in the Roman Empire who possessed highest city law. With an area of 73 hectares Colonia Claudia Ara Ulpia Traiana was, after Agrippinensium (Cologne) and Augusta Treverorum (Trier), the third largest Roman city north of the Alps and one of the major cities of the province of Germania Inferior. The city was the center of a large area and public buildings show both the high status of the city as its focus on the Roman culture. In the area of the city is now the Archaeological Park Xanten established.


The history of Colonia Ulpia Traiana starts in 13/12 BC. when the Roman general Nero Claudius Drusus had build the camp Castra Vetera on the Fürstenberg (southeast of present Xanten) opposite the former mouth of the river Lippe in the Rhine. This fort served as a base for a campaign on the right bank of the Rhine in 8 BC. which led to the subjugation of the Germanic tribe of the Sugambren.

They were forced to move to the left bank of the Rhine and were hereafter referred to as Ciberni, Cuberni or Cugerni. They settled in an area northwest of Castra Vetera that already in the fourth and third centuries BC. had been inhabited by people, but in the next two centuries it was abandoned.

Show more
Show less
Save Cancel Want to use bold, italic, links?

Comments (94)

Nicola Cangioli on October 10, 2012

Nice composition, K@rin

BritPlom on October 14, 2012

A great composition!


Greetings, François

Alfons Van Aerschot … on October 14, 2012

Prachtige opbouw van deze prent Karin,L&F


K@rin on October 16, 2012

hello Nicola

welcome and thanks for the nice comment and like

Hello François thanks for the great compliment and like,

Hallo Floere dank je wel voor je prachtige commentaar met L en F , het park was zeer interessant en het nabijgelegen Xanten ook,

best wishes to you all

Pantelis65 on October 16, 2012

Wonderful photo, beautiful composition. like friendly greetings Pantelis

Darjo on October 17, 2012

Fantastic job!......L

best regards, Darjo

K@rin on October 17, 2012

hello Pantelis thanks for the wonderful compliment and like , best wishes to you

Hello Darjo thanks for the fantastic comment with like best wishes to you

Gori Bau on October 29, 2012

and the rest of the temple ? Nice shot !!! => Like => best regards from Italy, Fab.

Oliver Švob on November 10, 2012

Nice pictures, L&F

All best!

thor@odin™ on November 14, 2012

Wonderful perspektive dear K@rin Warm wishes, Peter

Isse on November 22, 2012

...interesting history...and great photo!


Best wishes, Istvan C

K@rin on November 25, 2012

Hello Fab they are still reconstructing all .. :) thanks for the lovely comment ,

Hello MaliOli thanks for the nice compliment with L and F

Hello Peter thanks for the wonderful comment

Hello Istvan thanks for the great compliment and like

best wishes to you all

Perinic D on August 26, 2014

the mud civilisations have very little to show, the stone has a memory.....

K@rin on September 2, 2014

Hello Damir , I agree , best wishes to you

Sign up to comment. Sign in if you already did it.

Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 5, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by K@rin
    • Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
    • Taken on 2012/09/02 14:12:36
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1000)
    • Focal Length: 250.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash