UNESCO World Heritage Challenge: Frontiers of the Roman Empire

The Roman empire in the 2nd century AD stretched over 5,000km 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 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 at the time.It is a striking example of the organization of a military zone and illustrates the defensive techniques and geopolitical strategies of ancient Rome.

Hadrians wall 2

In the modern day it is an impressive landscape and is definitely one of my favourite areas of the country to visit. Hadrians wall

This section of the wall is known as the ‘Sycamore gap’ and for those of you have seen Robin Hood Prince of Thieves you may recoginse it from there. Sycamore gapThis UNESCO World Heritage site is actually actually transnational in nature, which is not really surprising given the Roman Empire at it’s height covered three continents. In addition to Hadrians Wall seen in some of the images here there was the Antonine Wall further north, but also frontier walls in what is now Germany.

For more information on this site visit the UNESCO website here.

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2 Responses to UNESCO World Heritage Challenge: Frontiers of the Roman Empire

  1. Christina says:

    I know that the UNESCO designations can sometimes be a little esoteric, but this seems like a pretty broad designation. When I saw the title of this post, I didn’t even think of England. The Roman empire had a large and ever changing border. That being said, Hadrian’s wall and the countryside there look beautiful. 🙂

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