Late Roman Fortification

One and a half thousand
years of history

Keszthely-Fenékpuszta at the western pocket of Lake Balaton is one of the most significant sites in Hungary:

As concerns the Late Roman period and the subsistence of its early Christian and antique traditions until the 9th century. In the middle of the 4th century AD, a fortification of 15 hectares was built here with 44 towers and massive walls. The interior of the fortification included warehouses, baths, administrative and representative buildings. An extensive necropolis lay south from the fortification, used for burials from the construction of the fortification till the 9th century.
Research assumes that a Roman community appears to have still persisted in the territory after the end of the Roman Age (from the middle of the 5th century). Such archaeological remains occur in this Christian group’s assemblages who had preserved their antique culture and relations in the following centuries, despite the waves of Migration sweeping over the Pannonian area with Huns followed by Eastern Goths, Heruli, Longobards and Avars. Exceptionally rich assemblages from the middle of the 6th century and an early Christian basilica prove the existence of this Christian community – known as the Keszthely culture in archaeology. For about hundred years the fortification became uninhabited from the middle of the 7th century, but it regained its significance and was taken into possession by the Karoling Empire from the beginning of the 9th century.



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