Germany - United Kingdom: Frontiers of the Roman Empire

"The ‘Roman Limes’ represents the border line of the Roman Empire at its greatest extent in the 2nd century AD. It stretched over 5,000 km from the Atlantic coast of northern Britain, through Europe to the Black Sea, and from there to the Red Sea and across North Africa to the Atlantic coast. The remains of the Limes today consist of vestiges of built walls, ditches, forts, fortresses, watchtowers and civilian settlements. Certain elements of the line have been excavated, some reconstructed and a few destroyed. The two sections of the Limes in Germany cover a length of 550 km from the north-west of the country to the Danube in the south-east. The 118-km-long Hadrian’s Wall (UK) was built on the orders of the Emperor Hadrian c. AD 122 at the northernmost limits of the Roman province of Britannia. It is a striking example of the organization of a military zone and illustrates the defensive techniques and geopolitical strategies of ancient Rome. The Antonine Wall, a 60-km long fortification in Scotland was started by Emperor Antonius Pius in 142 AD as a defense against the “barbarians” of the north. It constitutes the northwestern-most portion of the Roman Limes." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1A - GERMANY - Limes
A cultural divide at Limes between the "Roman Empire" and the "Barbarians". A postcard with the UNESCO World Heritage logo. Thanks to Isabella of Germany who visiting this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Postcard 1B - GERMANY - Saalburg
Saalburg Roman Castle reconstructed. Thanks to Edith of Germany.

Postcard 2A - UNITED KINGDOM - Hadrian Wall
A multi-view of Hadrian's wall - Vindolanda, Chesters Fort, Milecastle 39, Housesteads. Thanks to Michael of Luxembourg.

Postcard 2B - UNITED KINGDOM - Hadrian Wall 
The Hadrian's Wall marks the northern frontier of the Roman Empire in Great Britain.

Postcard 2C - UNITED KINGDOM - Hadrian's Wall 
Milecastle 39 Hadrian's Wall. Mailed on May 20, 2010 and arrived in Penang on June 2, 2010. Thanks to Michael of Luxembourg.

Postcard 2D - UNITED KINGDOM - Hadrian's Wall Path
Thanks to Ruth of USA who sent this wonderful postcard.

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