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Romeinse wachttoren fort vechten netherlands.jpg
Reconstruction of a watch tower near Fectio
Fectio is located in Netherlands
Shown within Netherlands
LocationUtrecht, Netherlands
RegionGermania Inferior
Coordinates52°3′23″N 5°9′54″E / 52.05639°N 5.16500°E / 52.05639; 5.16500Coordinates: 52°3′23″N 5°9′54″E / 52.05639°N 5.16500°E / 52.05639; 5.16500

Fectio, known as Vechten in Old Dutch, was a Roman castellum in the province Germania Inferior established in the year 4 or 5 AD. It was located at the place where the river Vecht (Fectio) branched off from the Rhine, leading to Lake Flevo, which was later to become the Zuiderzee. This was near the modern hamlet of Vechten in the municipality Bunnik, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Under emperor Claudius, Fectio became part of the Limes Germanicus.[1] The archeological site contains the remains of a fort, port, cemetery, and a civilian settlement. In 1995, it was submitted to be a World Heritage Site and is currently on the tentative list.[2]


  1. ^ (in Dutch) Castellum Fectio Archived 2012-07-31 at Archive.today. Collectie Utrecht. Retrieved on 2009-07-22.
  2. ^ Bunnik - Vechten / De Burg. UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved on 2009-07-22.

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