Bacharnsdorf

Bacharnsdorf late Roman watchtower (Boundary Productions)

Bacharnsdorf late Roman watchtower (Boundary Productions)

The massive late Roman watchtower in the small village of Bacharnsdorf is situated close to the river bank of the Danube and sign-posted on the main road. It is the best preserved example of a series of Late Roman watchtowers which were built to observe the narrow gorges of the Danube in the Wachau valley between Ybbs and Mautern.

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Bacharnsdorf

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Bacharnsdorf 48.369370, 15.444980 Bacharnsdorf

 

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The tower‘s quadratic ground plan (12.2 x 12.4 m) and walls 1.5 m thick are preserved up to the third floor at the eastern and southern sides. The narrow arrow slit and arched windows date back to the Roman period. The burgus was a part of the Valentinian fortification line and was re-used in medieval times. The well-preserved monument is close to the Danube Bicycle Path.