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Archaeological Park Andautonia

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Archaeological Park Andautonia

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Corridor: Diagonal Road
Country: Croatia, Scitarjevo
Type: Ancient Site
Epoch: Antiquity
Theme: Antiquity
World Heritage:
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The present-day village of Scitarjevo near Zagreb overlies the remains of Roman Andautonia, the urban centre of the broader Zagreb region in the Antiquity. Andautonia was built along what was then the main course of the Sava River, on the main Roman road from Sisak to Ptuj (Siscia-Poetovio). Inscriptions from the 1st to 3rd centuries, mentioning Andautonia as a municipium and as RESPVBLICA ANDAVTONIENSIVM, show that this city had a prominent legal status, and for 400 years it was the administrative, economic, cultural, and religious centre of the broader Zagreb region. During the Migration Period, at the end of the 4th and beginning of the 5th centuries, the city was apparently destroyed. Along part of the main street, paved with stone slabs and uncovered in a length of 27 meters, arcades extend with preserved foundations for the colonnade bases. Most of the city baths (thermae) have been uncovered on the eastern side of the street, with a semicircular pool, hallways, and drains, as well as part of the central heating system (hypocausts). A side street was discovered on the western side, with two monumental buildings. Excavation has established that this part of the city was renovated several times in the period from the 2nd to the 4th centuries. The finds of wall paintings, mosaic cubes, stone thresholds, and heating systems indicate very luxuriously outfitted buildings, and the discovered pottery and glass vessels, lamps, bronze and silver jewellery, and other objects of everyday use have further enriched our image of this Roman city.

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