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
Category: Religious sites in Netherlands


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Muriel Janssen (12 months 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 (2 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 (2 years ago)
It perfectly accomplish its purpose: local art and history centre. Approx 2hours visit.
Gavin Williams (2 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 (2 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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Monte d'Accoddi

Monte d"Accoddi is a Neolithic archaeological site in northern Sardinia, located in the territory of Sassari. The site consists of a massive raised stone platform thought to have been an altar. It was constructed by the Ozieri culture or earlier, with the oldest parts dated to around 4,000–3,650 BC.

The site was discovered in 1954 in a field owned by the Segni family. No chambers or entrances to the mound have been found, leading to the presumption it was an altar, a temple or a step pyramid. It may have also served an observational function, as its square plan is coordinated with the cardinal points of the compass.

The initial Ozieri structure was abandoned or destroyed around 3000 BC, with traces of fire found in the archeological evidence. Around 2800 BC the remains of the original structure were completely covered with a layered mixture of earth and stone, and large blocks of limestone were then applied to establish a second platform, truncated by a step pyramid (36 m × 29 m, about 10 m in height), accessible by means of a second ramp, 42 m long, built over the older one. This second temple resembles contemporary Mesopotamian ziggurats, and is attributed to the Abealzu-Filigosa culture.

Archeological excavations from the chalcolithic Abealzu-Filigosa layers indicate the Monte d"Accoddi was used for animal sacrifice, with the remains of sheep, cattle, and swine recovered in near equal proportions. It is among the earliest known sacrificial sites in Western Europe.

The site appears to have been abandoned again around 1800 BC, at the onset of the Nuragic age.

The monument was partially reconstructed during the 1980s. It is open to the public and accessible by the old route of SS131 highway, near the hamlet of Ottava. It is 14,9 km from Sassari and 45 km from Alghero. There is no public transportation to the site. The opening times vary throughout the year.