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During the first century AD, when Trier, (Augusta Treverorum) was the western capital of Roman Gaul and the Empire's second city, Neumagen (Noviomagus) enjoyed a period of prosperity and growth. Wealthy Romans settled away from the hubbub of the city, and local traders enjoyed a boom period supplying the great metropolis just a short trip along the river. In the 2nd and 3rd Centuries this peaceful idyll was shattered by invading German tribes and those residents of means eventually abandoned the settlement.
However the main road connecting Bingen on the the Rhine with Trier ran through Noviomagus and in the 4th Century Emperor Constantine ordered the building of a fort to safeguard this important thoroughfare. Today, when you walk along Roemerstrasse, the main road through the village, you are following the same route as those Roman travellers of so many years ago.

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Additional Photos by Hans Stellingwerf (Hanssie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2131 W: 2 N: 2030] (11018)
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