Friday, August 5, 2011

Amber Road

The amber road was an important trading route in Roman times connecting Rome with the Baltic Sea in Poland. The Romans traded their wines, pottery,and iron works for amber, furs, and other products from the "barbarians" outside their realm. Sopron was one of the last stops before the route crossed the Danube, the outer boundary of Rome.

This summer in the main square they have a replica of a trading wagon that Rome would use to transport goods on the amber road. It looks much like a stage coach from the wild west. The sides are made of leather. The replica was created in Germany based on historical descriptions and archeological finds from Poland.

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