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The oldest declaration of love in the Netherlands comes from Heerlen

The Thermenmuseum in Heerlen joined the network of the Canon of the Netherlands on January 19, 2024. In this network, museums and heritage institutions work together to highlight important developments in Dutch history.

Selected key pieces

The Thermenmuseum in the Dutch city of Heerlen tells the story of the Romans in South Limburg. The first key piece is the public bathhouse of Coriovallum. The bathhouse was built around 40 AD being the oldest stone building and at the same time the best preserved Roman bathhouse in the Netherlands. It consists of 500 meters of Roman wall work and some 2500 m2 of floor space. In the Thermenmuseum you can learn about the Roman Heerlen and Roman South Limburg and admire a rich collection consisting of Roman objects from and around Coriovallum: the Roman city that is situated below Heerlen.

Remnants of Roman Bathouse Thermenmuseum, photo: Luc Lodder ©Historisch Goud

The second key piece is Lucius’ jar. The inscription on this jar by a Roman potter who made a jar especially for a Germanic woman almost two thousand years ago and who also wrote it in the still wet clay, is in fact the oldest declaration of love in the Netherlands!

photo: Thermen museum


The Roman bathhouse in Heerlen is the oldest building in the Netherlands and it was built around 40 AD. You can see it in the archaeological museum: Thermen where you can learn about the Roman Heerlen and Roman South Limburg and admire a rich collection consisting of Roman objects from and around Coriovallum: the Roman city that is situated below Heerlen. The Roman bathhouse is a real masterpiece and is the best preserved Roman bathhouse in the Netherlands. It consists of 500 meters of Roman wall work and some 2500 m2 of floor space.

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