ANUGA 2009, COLOGNE (GERMANY)

The biggest world food fair ANUGA was being held for the 30th time  from 10th to 14th October 2009 in Cologne, Germany. No other fair brings together ten pioneering trade fairs under one roof, and ANUGA MEAT is one of them. More than 900 exhibitors from 52 countries presented their meat products to visitors and clients. It is the leading international event for meat, sausage, game and poultry.

The meat sector is increasing in turnover regardless of stagnant and even declining prices. At ANUGA  MEAT 2009, almost all leading companies from different countries and countless small, family-run business present their range of products into this competitive environment. There is no better platform to show your products successfully or establish contacts with potential clients!.

Moreover, numerous interesting seminars, presentations and workshops were daily organized at the fair. Expand into new sales markets, gain new customers and intensify your existing business ties. ANUGA MEAT makes it all possible!

Cologne is a city of trade fairs but there are countless opportunities to visit its interesting historic places and museums, including the beautiful cathedral.

The Roman-Germanic Museum (RGM, in German Römisch-Germanisches Museum) is an important archaelogical museum in Cologne, Germany.. It has a large collection of Roman artifacts from the Roman settlement Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium – the most important city in western Germany since its foundation-which was discovered in 1941-  on which modern Cologne is built.The museum protects the original place of a Roman town villa of which the large Dionysus Mosaicc remains in its original place in the basement now.Since the mosaic could not be moved easily, the architects Klaus Renner and Heinz Röcke designed a museum around the mosaic with the shape and appairance of a simple cube but taking the dimensions of a Roman villa peristilium, with its column corridors

The museum also is the institution to preserve the Cologne Roman cultural heritage, and therefore preserves the world’s largest collection of wonderful Roman glass from Roman funerals and burial and medieval jewellery.  At Roman times, pig was essential in their economy and nutrition as some ancient Roman coins were minted with a pig picture.

In the Römisch-Germanisches Museum this relief  (3 A.C. Köln, Albertusstrase) shows a wild pig and a dog, illustrating the teachings of the Greek Philosopher  Diogenes (323  B.C.): “A smal dog may bring a boar to bay and the weak may overcome the strong”

In the 3rd and 4th centuries, Cologne glassblowers developed new styles of glassware, reaching a peak of perfection with the cage cup, carved from a clear glass core covered with layers of coloured glass.  A  blue pig figure made of glass can be found in this collection.

Exhibition on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Baron Johannes Freiherr von Diergardt´s birth  (1859-1934)  presents a selection of masterpieces of  jewelry in gold, silver, amber, ivory and jet  from the migration period,  classical antiquity and the early Middle Ages. Von Diergardt was a sponsor of archaeological research and had the largest private collection of art from the migration period worldwide. Inspired by Frankish burial found in the vicinity of Schloss Bornheim where he lived, Von Diergardt built up a breathtaking collection. The geographical range of his collection stretches from Scythia to the realm of the Vikings, from Western Europe to the Russian steppes. The famous core of his collection documents the migration period and is among the most precious treasures of the Römisch-Germanisches Museum.  Splendid diadems, great necklaces and elaborate broochs -one of them has a pig picture- can be seen  in this extraordinary Jewellery Collection.

As we can see, pig takes part in man´s everyday life, nowdays  and in the past.

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