Close to the 19th century fortress of Vechten, the Roman Castellum (Fortress Fectio) was located here in the period around 0 – 275 A.D..
The Castellum was located next to the Old Rhine (Oude Rijn) and has served many purposes, such as a base during the Roman campaigns.
The presence of Roman soldiers attracted traders and craftsmen. They established a settlement (virus) close to the Roman fortress.
The Stone of Vechten was found in 1869 during the construction of the fortress. It concerns a holy altar that was erected for the goddess Viradecdis. This goddess was mainly worshipped in the area south west of Liège. The altar was donated by Tungrian shippers originating from this area.
They possibly transported grain for the Roman troops along the Rhine. From the text of the altar it appears that they were posted at Vechten.
The original altar was found in 1869 in vicinity to the fortress Vechten, approximately 300 m southeast of the Koningsweg in Utrecht.
Stone of Vechten
Municipality of Utrecht