Park Hotel Pelikán****, Szombathely, Hungary

Address: 9700 Szombathely,
Deák Ferenc str. 5.
Fax: +3694/513-801


Garden of Ruins

Garden of Ruins

The remains of buildings dating from the 1st to the 4th century bear witness to the importance of the former settlement of Savaria, the predecessor of Szombathely. The largest floor mosaic of the former province of Pannonia can be enjoyed here. 

One of the most significant towns of the province of Pannonia (the area of the present Hungary to the west of the River Danube), Savaria developed into a religious and economic centre. Its central role is indicated by the size of and presence of public buildings such as the Emperor's Palace, the Mercury Temple, the public baths and the custom's house. A splendid mosaic covered the entire floor of the 51x14 metre hall in the centre of the palace. The largest mosaic in Pannonia, it still can be seen today.

Roman roads, drainage systems, 3rd-4th-century craftsmen's workshops (bronze workers, pottery) and the city walls came to light during the course of the excavations. There is a separate exhibition of smaller findings such as scales, custom's stamps, terracotta statues, lamps, bronze objects etc.

Roman building techniques are detailed here too. Items discovered in the 9th century, early Romanesque castle built upon the Roman structures are displayed in a special exhibition.

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