The time of the Romans in Carnuntum is not in the long-ago past, which can be seen by a few remains of walls, but it is the present which can be experienced with all one’s senses. In the reconstructed Roman city quarter you are literally a guest in the Romans’ living rooms. Four structures have been reconstructed true to the original with loving attention to detail: a citizen's house, an elegant city manion and Roman baths. Semi-reconstructed, the domus quarta shields Carnuntum's only preserved floor mosaic against weather damage, a practice arena of the gladiator school discovered in 2011 was rebuilt directly next to the Civil City's Amphitheatre.
The so-called Lucius’ house was the first fully-functioning structure reconstructed in Carnuntum on the original site. It was given its name after an inscription that was found on site which referred to a certain Lucius Maticeius Clemens, very probably a former owner of the house.
The villa urbana was a splendid city mansion and impressively shows the lifestyle of the Carnuntum upper classes. Those who could afford it tried to bring Rome’s standard of living to the farthest provinces.
Visiting the thermae was a fixed part of the Roman way of life. In Carnuntum's Civilian City, the so far only fully functioning Roman public baths in the world were erected on the original site using ancient building technology.
Two years after the completion of the Roman baths, the Roman City Quarter gained yet another attraction. The semi-reconstructed domus quarta is remarkable for Carnuntum's only preserved Roman floor mosaic. The building's dimensions and the mosaic indicate a wealthy owner.
Gladiators' practice arena
Carnuntum’s gladiator school next to the Civilian City's Amphitheatre was discovered in 2011. Three years later, its wooden practice arena with an inner diameter of 14 metres and two audience rows was reconstructed in its original location.