Volunteers navigate a replica of a Roman boat along the Danube to Budapest | Hungary

A replica of a Roman-era boat of the kind that once sailed along the Danube from Germany to the river delta at the Black Sea is cruising in Hungary this week, stopping along its route in the Hungarian capital, Budapest.

The Danuvia Alacris is crewed by volunteers wearing Roman tunics and the expedition is part of an EU-funded project to raise awareness of the area’s Roman past.

Based on the remains of Roman shipwrecks discovered in the German city of Mainz, the Friedrich-Alexander-University built the replica of the 4th-century Roman Danube ship made of oak.

“Living Danube Limes” is a transnational project with 10 Danube countries cooperating to make the ancient Roman “limes” – the frontier line of the Roman Empire which takes its name from the Latin word for border – a new common cultural bond in the center and southeast Europe.

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