The Valkhof is on a hill overlooking the river. It is the site of a former Charlemagne fortification and the surviving Carolingian elements are quite modest. There are two buildings with a Carolingian element. The first is an octogon chapel built in the style of Aachen in the 8th or 9th century. The initial building was constructed about 1000 and rebuilt about 1400. It used material from Charlemagne's fortification and we think we could identify some of these Caroilingian flat bricks. The second building is the ruin of Barbarossa's chapel that incorporated several Carolingian capitals on Roman pilars in the chapel.



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Founded: c. 1000 AD
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Muriel Janssen (2 years ago)
It is a very nice museum. There is a lot of history of the Roman time of Nijmegen. A little of paintings of the Medieval and 'new' time. Definitely worth a visit and it's free for Radboud students
Philip Mueller (3 years ago)
Great museum to see how far the Roman Empire stretched and other interesting medieval artifacts. Truly enjoyed my visit.
Berta Jiménez-Alfaro Hacha (3 years ago)
It perfectly accomplish its purpose: local art and history centre. Approx 2hours visit.
Gavin Williams (3 years ago)
Split over 3 floors, the ground floor was laid out with some child friendly exhibits and games focusing on archeological digging. The top floor was the most interesting, with a temporary exhibition about saving the environment and more permanent exhibitions of local Roman artifacts. Fairly quiet during my visit so you could spend time looking at each piece. Worth trying to find some an alternative language audio guide if possible. Plan your visit for at least 1.5-2 hours.
Vadim Nelidov (3 years ago)
A very remarkable museum with an eclectic collection ranging from architecture and history to modern art and eco-activism. A great place to visit if you want to see a bit of everything
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