The Roman Baths in Weißenburg - also referred to as the Great Thermae - are one of the most remarkable relics of the Roman camp and its garrison, the vicus Biriciana, whose duty was to protect the northern border of the province Rhaetia (Upper Germanic Rhaetian Limes). The baths that served the garrison are today located at the edge of the present day city of Weißenburg in Bavaria. They are among the very few such archaeological remains that are preserved on German soil.
There are three historical phases to the construction of Roman Baths in Weißenburg:
The town of Weißenburg employed Mr Robert Frank from the company Frank Animationen to produce a new educational animated film about the history and use of the Roman Baths in Weißenburg. The film lasts about 30 minutes and informs visitors about the use of the building and its construction. The film is shown in the Roman Baths, as well as in the Roman Museum Weißenburg. One part of the film deals with the documented and stabilized excavation. Mr Frank had the idea of combining the modern technology of 3D laser scanning with historical buildings and of integrating the recording technology and the applicability along with the results of the surveying into a film.
With the discovery of the Roman Baths, Weißenburg gained an additional historical attraction. Two years later, in October 1979 when an asparagus bed was dug, a 156-piece Roman treasure trove with silver votive tablets, unique deity statuettes, procession masks etc. was discovered. Today this collection is displayed at the Roman Museum Weißenburg, one of the most highly frequented branch museums of the Bavarian State Archaeological Collection of Munich, giving the former free imperial City of Weißenburg its nickname 'Roman City'.
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