The Archaeological Park
The Archaeological Park "ANDAUTONIA" at Scitarjevo
The present-day village of Scitarjevo near Zagreb overlies the remains of Roman Andautonia, the urban center of the broader Zagreb region in antiquity. Andautonia was built along what was then the main course of the Sava River, on the main Roman road from Sisak to Ptuj (Siscia-Poetovio). Inscriptions from the 1st to 3rd centuries, mentioning Andautonia as a municipium and as RESPVBLICA ANDAVTONIENSIVM, show that this city had a prominent legal status, and for 400 years it was the administative, economic, cultural, and religious center of the broader Zagreb region. During the Migration Period, at the end of the 4th and beginning of the 5th centuries, the city was apparently destroyed.
The courtyard and the garden of the parish hall in the center of the present-day village have been systematically excavated since 1981, with conservation and restoration of the remains being undertaken since 1984. This resulted in 1994 in the presentation of these excavated structures as the Archaeological Park "Andautonia".
Visitors can view preserved sections of the Roman city in an area of 2500m2, accompanied by tablets offering important information about individual structures and buildings.
Along part of the main street, paved with stone slabs and uncovered in a length of 27 meters, arcades extend with preserved foundations for the colonnade bases. Most of the city baths (thermae) have been uncovered on the eastern side of the street, with a semicircular pool, hallways, and drains, as well as part of the central heating system (hypocausts). A side street was discovered on the western side, with two monumental buildings.
Excavation has established that this part of the city was renovated several times in the period from the 2nd to the 4th centuries. The finds of wall paintings, mosaic cubes, stone thresholds, and heating systems indicate very luxuriously outfitted buildings, and the discovered pottery and glass vessels, lamps, bronze and silver jewellery, and other objects of everyday use have further enriched our image of this Roman city.
Excavations have also shown that in the 1st century, prior to the construction of the baths, a city cemetery had been located at the very same spot, but it was destroyed by a flood and later construction.
After viewing the preserved part of the Roman city, visitors can also see the most important stone monuments found in the Andautonia area, the parish church of St. Martin, and also walk through the present-day village of Scitarjevo, where several typical rural farmyards with wooden houses are still preserved.
WEB : www.andautonia.com
OPENING HOURS OF THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
MAY 1ST - NOVEMBER 1st
SATURDAY-SUNDAY 12-6 PM
MONDAY TO FRIDAY: PRIOR ARRANGEMENT REQUIRED FOR GROUP VISITS
For all information and organization of guided tours please
Arheološki muzej u Zagrebu, Trg Nikole Šubića Zrinskog 19
Contact: tel. 00 385 1 4800009
Dora Kušan Špalj, mob. 099 4557 571 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- adults: 20,00 kuna
- students, seniors: 15,00 kuna
- families: 30,00 kuna
- guided tour: 50,00 kuna (up to 30 persons, prior arrangement required)
- workshops (per person): 15,00 kuna (10-25 persons, prior arrangement required)
A regular bus line from Zapruđe and Velika Gorica operates to the site
Stone monuments from the Greek and Roman periods, of varied purpose and content, represent one of the more important segments of the rich classical collections of the Archaeological Museum. The wide selection of Roman stone monuments, organized into several thematic units, is exhibited partly in the ground level entrance to the museum, but primarily in the garden courtyard of the museum, both under modern arcades and in the open air. Various stone monuments of large dimensions and weight, such as milestones, inscriptions, monumental statues, altars, tombstones, sarcophagi, and others, are exhibited here.