Caerleon

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Posted: Sep 15, 2021 | Updated: Nov 30, 2021

Caerleon - the ' fortress of the Legion'

Caerleon was one of the most important military sites in Britain under the Roman Empire. It was the home of the 2nd Augustan Legion housing 6,000 soldiers and horsemen, with an amphitheatre, baths, shops and temples.

Today Caerleon is a small village and it's prime visitor attraction, the amphitheatre, is easily accessed if you are heading to Cardiff or up to the Brecon Beacons. The Roman Legionary Museum portrays the daily life of the garrison with and has a number of finds on display. It's definitely worth stopping by for a quick visit if you are passing through.


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Posted: Apr 10, 2009 | Updated: Nov 30, 2021

Isca Augusta

I have often read about Caerleon Roman Fortress and was delighted to find out that I would have to pass by to get to the Brecon Beacons, my main destination for this bank holiday weekend. The amphitheatre is just outside the Roman fortress of which a substantial amount can still be seen.

As for the fort, half of it is has been built over but the part that remains shows the wall in the classic playing card shape with towers visible. As one of three permanent legionary fortresses in Britain, this is the most intact as the ones in Chester and York have been been built over. The main fortress attraction are the hugely impressive barrack area, the only Roman legionary barracks visible in Europe.

As mentioned, this was a quick visit before a weekend of trekking on the nearby Brecon Beacons.

1) Isca Augusta
2) King Arthur's Round Table
3) A shrine to Nemesis - possibly
4) Main entrance to Caerleon amphitheatre
5) Isca
6) Welcome to the arena

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