Königsfelden Abbey

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Vindonissa

MUSEUM SITES IN VINDONISSA Vindonissa Legionary Trail The Roman adventure park offers play/theme tours, events, roman overnight stays, guided tours and much more. Vindonissa Museum The Vindonissa Muse

 
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The Vindonissa Museum offers great attractions for children: discover Roman history, turn archaeologist and solve tricky puzzles! The Vindonissa Museum in Brugg is an exciting destination for families

 
Wildegg Castle

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Wettingen Abbey

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Wettingen Abbey offers guided tours for groups. On request, they can also be organised in French. Offers for groups (in German) contact +41 (0)848 871 200 Send a message Telephone availability Tuesday

 
Vindonissa Legionary Trail

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Lenzburg Castle

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Lenzburg Castle offers excursions for children and families. Visit the castle dragon Fauchi and discover the castle as a knight or princess! Lenzburg Castle is an exciting destination for families whe

 
Königsfelden Abbey

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Königsfelden Abbey offers guided tours and workshops for groups. These can also be booked in English on request. Experience Königsfelden Abbey as a group. Museum Aargau offers numerous guided tours an

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Roman sites

Flag sanctuary – Aedes

Temple complexes were part of every larger Roman settlement. On the Vindonissa Legionary Trail there is a replica of a flag sanctuary. This Roman site is accessible with museum admission.

Directly at the intersection of the two main roads (Via principalis and Via praetoria) was the staff building (principia), the largest building within the camp. One of its central rooms was the flag sanctuary. In front of it was a portico that led to a large courtyard where there was an altar and a water basin, which was probably used for washing during sacrificial rites.

Dazzling emblems

The standards were placed in the flag sanctuary. These included the unit standards, adorned with dazzling decorations, and the flags (vexilla) for smaller units and cavalry. Of particular importance was the image of the emperor (imago), the supreme commander, whose presence was symbolised by his standard. Most important to the legionaries, however, was the golden eagle, a symbol of the supreme god Jupiter. The eagle was only taken from the sanctuary when the entire legion set off on a march, and was carried ahead of it.

At least two feast days have been recorded, during which the standards were the focus of attention, venerated and decorated. During these days, specific sacrificial rituals were performed for the highest deities, and on one of these feast days the oath was taken to the legion and the emperor. The flag sanctuary therefore combines emperor worship, faith in the gods and army ritual.

Officers were even assigned to guard this sacred space, which made it the best guarded place in the legionary camp. That may also explain why the legion kept its funds here.

The flag sanctuary is accessible with museum admission.