The Late Antiquity Ad Pirum FortThe museum exhibition at the Ad Pirum Archaeological Park in Podkraj near Col will take you to the turbulent period of the late 3rd century.
1. 12. 2013

The last rampart of the Roman Empire

6 metres high walls.
9 even higher towers.
500 brave men.
The last hope of the west.
The Ad Pirum fort.

Museum exhibition

The museum exhibition takes visitors back to the year 291 and to the turbulent period of the late 3rd century when the Claustra Alpium Iuliarum defensive system was built.

You can see the exhibition at the Stara Pošta inn, which stands inside the ruins of the military fort.

The exhibition layout of The Late Antique Ad Pirum Fort – The Last Rampart of the Roman Empire received a commendation of the jury at the 7th Biennial of Slovene Visual Communications in the competition category of “spatial graphic solutions”.

About the exhibition

Ad Pirum (Hrušica), the settlement along the main Roman road, is presented in the first exhibition space, where the reception and museum shop are located. The Roman roads, ancient traffic, vehicles and the post office are presented in a playful way and through interactive tools. We can calculate the time taken for a cavalryman, a postal wagon and an ox-driven wagon to cover the same distance, play around with the milestone puzzle of Col and compare ancient maps with those of today. 

The second part of the exhibition talks about life in the fortress and its role within the Claustra Alpium Iuliarum system. Despite the fact that it was a military post, life in the fort was mostly peaceful. People were involved in day-to-day activities such as preparing food, repairing tools, etc.

At the exhibition, you can try on a Roman toga and tunic, the most characteristic garments of the inhabitants of the time, become acquainted with their tools and compare them to those of today, learn about the coins and draw your own, and much more.

On the other side, the Ad Pirum Fort is presented as part of the defence system: when it was built and the role it played in the Roman Empire. Parts of the Roman military equipment and weapons that were discovered here are also exhibited.

The main part of the exhibition is the digital reconstruction of the military fort. Visitors also take a stroll across the ground plan of the fort whose markings are on the ground.

The window in the exhibition space has been used to make a niche in the form of an observation hatch. From here, visitors can view the archaeological ruins of the fort.