Monday, July 12, 2021


Ganuenta was an settlement of roman antiquity near the Zeelandic place Colijnsplaat (Netherlands). It was situated on the southern shore of the river Scheldt.

Replica of the temple of Nehalennia at Colijnsplaat

There was a tempel for the goddess Nehalennia here. Little is known about Nehalennia, but it must have been a Celtic or Germanic goddess. She had power over trade and seafaring. 

Fisherman K.J. Bout
On 14 April 1970 fisherman K.J. Bout found parts of an altar to Nehalennia in his nets, while he was fishing near Colijnsplaat. Focussed searches in 1970 and 1971 (and later in 1974) resulted in the finds of about 240 altars and statues, votive stones and remains of a roman building. These are now stored and displayed in the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden. These were found in the Schaar of Colijnsplaat, a fairway in the Eastern Scheldt, where the temple of Nehalennia once stood.

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