Reckoning with the Ancient Roman City of Tongeren

Reckoning with the Ancient Roman City of Tongeren, Tongeren, Belgium (B)

Most of Belgium’s main tourist destinations happen to be the country’s main cities, like Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp. But among the list there is one outlier, a small city that also happens to predate all of its company. That city is Tongeren in far-east Limburg and alongside Tournai, it is actually the oldest city in Belgium. In its day, the city was a major Roman settlement that strategically controlled both the road networks and vital riverways in the region. Visiting Tongeren today, you’re still able to explore much of this remarkable Roman history that is proudly on display.

So what’s the story with Tongeren? Well, to cover that it’s really best that we start with the Gallo-Roman Museum of Tongeren, since there you can learn all about the city and region’s history. And I mean all of its history, as the museum spends considerable time even covering the region’s pre-Roman history.

For instance, well before you start reading about the Romans, the museum explores the lives of the Neanderthals. From there it’s onto the advent of farming and the formulation of societies. All of this is done quite organically in order to set the stage for the main event, the arrival of the Romans. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Reckoning with the Ancient Roman City of Tongeren
Guide Location: Belgium » Tongeren
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: David Johnston
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Gallo-Roman Museum
  • Standbeeld Ambiorix
  • Roman Walls
  • Grote Markt
  • Town Hall
  • Tongeren Basilica of Our Lady
  • Moerenpoort
  • Herberg De Pelgrim
  • Casque Cafe
  • Bazilik