Friday, April 27, 2012

X is for ... Xanten

How's my mental health today?

Things are looking good - so far.

Te A to Z thing is almost done and the last few letters are a bit of a challenge. Today's letter is X.

X is for Xanten.

Xanten is a historic town in the North Rhein-Westphalia region of Germany with a population of about 22,000 residents. Xanten is built on the site of a Roman garrison. The town was mostly destroyed by bombing raids near the end of WWII but has since been restored.

Xanten is known for its Archaeological Park featuring Roman ruins. The centre of the town is also a tourist attraction because of its picturesque medieval buildings, the Xanten Cathedral and many museums. The town is visited by approximately 1,000,000 people every year. Its a town I haven't been to - yet.

Archaeology is the peeping Tom of the sciences. 
It is the sandbox of men who care not where they are going; 
they merely want to know where everyone else has been.
~~ Jim Bishop


  1. Interesting post, Horst, and beautiful pictures! Have a good weekend!

  2. I have never heard of Xanten. What beautiful photos. I would love to visit Germany one day.

    Nice 'X' post. :)

    (I'm following)

  3. What a lovely town..thanks for the history lesson sweetie...visiting via the A to Z Challenge...