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Fasching has played an important role in the lives of Mainz-Kastel’s citizenry. Photo below: World War II-era U.S. military uniforms and photos on display.

es through a Roman gate at the entrance of the Reduit fortress in Mainz-Kastel. The fortress now houses a museum he history of the area from the Roman times to the present.

el Museum offers window into 2,000+ years of history

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han 2,000 years of ry are showcased n the thick walls of ress on the Mainzthe Rhein River. of the exhibits are cal folks,” said reForce Chief Master s, one of the board e organization that seum Castellum and in the area. y the Association ry Kastel, the small a quick look at the g by the Romans in with other historical e centuries including French occupation ruction of the area estruction of World

A visitor looks at Roman relics found in the area. Admission to the museum is free. As many Americans are aware, the area over the years are on display thanks in part to recent first-hand at the museum. archeological discoveries near Clay Visitors can learn how Roman Kaserne during the construction engineers first constructed a wooden of Newman Village housing area, bridge to span the river between Romans once resided in many of Moguntiacum (Mainz) and the castle t more to it than you the same areas Americans today call on the eastern side of the river. That said Hess, who along home in the Wiesbaden and Mainz bridge was soon followed by a stone ot involved with the region. As a result, Roman pottery, structure which lay very near to the ee years ago. coins and other artifacts unearthed in current Theodor-Heuss-Bruecke.

Other Roman exhibits detail life and death, thermal baths, the arrangement of local fortifications and some of the leaders who ruled during Roman occupation of central Europe. Weapons, uniforms, furnishings, scale models and a host of other items give visitors a window into the various eras in Mainz-Kastel history from Roman times up to the present. One room is dedicated to aerial photos of the bombing devastation suffered both in Mainz and across the river in the latter days of World War II. Visitors can also get an idea of how the Allies crossed the Rhein after bridges were destroyed and the new bridge built by the Americans — the Lt. Gen. Alexander M. Patch Bridge — that once again connected the French-occupied (Mainz) and American zone (Mainz-Kastel) after the war. Germany, revered for its contribution of beer to the world, also contributed a native son, Adolphus Busch, born in 1839 in Kastel, then a district of Mainz. After learning the family winery and brewery supply business, Busch and two of his

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brothers moved to the United States where he eventually married into the Anheuser family (no strangers to the business of beer) and renamed the family business to the Anheuser Busch Company following the death of his father-in-law, Eberhard Anheuser. Besides details on the famous German-American brewer, visitors can also get an idea of how Fasching has evolved in the area over the decades. Costumes, medallions, programs and film footage detail the highly engaged enthusiasm of the local population in the annual celebration of Fasching. The Museum Castellum is located behind the Mainz-Kastel train station. Also, a small parking area is situated in front of the former Roman fortress. Admission to the museum is free. It’s open Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information about group tours outside of normal hours of operation, call civ (06134) 3763. Information is also available online at www. museum-castellum.de.

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June 6, 2013 - Herald Union  

The Herald Union is a bi-weekly English language newspaper serving the Wiesbaden Military Community based at Clay Kaserne, commenly known as...

June 6, 2013 - Herald Union  

The Herald Union is a bi-weekly English language newspaper serving the Wiesbaden Military Community based at Clay Kaserne, commenly known as...