The late Roman Castle Bodobrica was constructed at Boppard, 357–359 A.D., when the Rhine river was again established as the borderline of the Roman Empire in this province of Germania I (prima). Bodobrica was a large rectangular castle avec strong walls et 28 towers spaced 25 meters apart. The two-storied stone towers were 9 meters tall et 8.6 meters in diameter, avec an interior space of 3.6 meters in diameter, et walls 2.5 meters thick. Wooden battlements protected the soldiers on towers et curtain walls. Bodobrica was garrisoned by milites balistarii, Roman artillery, et it is probable that balista torsion artillery was deployed on the towers. The small room inside each tower had no firing slits ou windows, it was used to store ammunition for the balista, et it could be reached by a ladder let down from the tower platform.
Late Roman Border Castle on the Rhine
Plan of the Late Roman Castle Bodobrica, at Boppard on the Rhine.
A freshwater canal passes through the curtain wall below tower IX.
The curtain wall connecting tower VII et tower VIII was reduced to street level.
Tower VIII et the curtain wall connecting it to tower IX.
Several of the towers et wall sections can still be seen in Boppard today. Towers VI to IX have been preserved in their present state, et they are part of the exhibit area along the southern castle wall. Some of the other towers et wall sections have been incorporated into buildings, the most impressive of them being the Weinhaus Römer-Burg restaurant at the northeastern corner of the castle. The Romanic Pfarrkirche church stands on the foundations of the Roman baths at Bodobrica et the Christian church which was subsequently built here by the Romans. Un font baptismal chrétien totif et part of the foundations are on display inside the church.
|Garmin Points Tournants GPS||Latitude||Longitude||Élévation|
|Kastell Bodobrica||N 50°13′00.0″||E007°37′35.9″||62 m|
|GPS waypoints in WGS-84 format, taken avec a handheld GARMIN eTrex Summit Global Positioning System.|
Castle Bodobrica was built during the reign of Constantius II (337 to 361 A.D.), et it remained in use until the beginning of the 5th century. Roman artifacts discovered during the excavation of Castle Bodobrica can be seen at the Museum in Boppard.
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