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The cultural legacy of Roman villas in Spain

  • Stone blocks in the ancient city of Baelo Claudia. Bolonia-Tarifa, Cadiz © Turespaña

    Stone blocks in the ancient city of Baelo Claudia. Bolonia-Tarifa, Cadiz © Turespaña

  
  


" On this journey to the past, you will discover, amongst other things: that houses in ancient Hispania already had central heating systems, hot water and thermal baths; the inhabitants used instruments ..."

On this journey to the past, you will discover, amongst other things: that houses in ancient Hispania already had central heating systems, hot water and thermal baths; the inhabitants used instruments such as manicure tweezers; hunting had a major importance in everyday life, as shown in mosaic drawings, as well as in the arms and utensils found at excavations.

There are countless sites dating to the Roman era across Spain and some, such as Tarraco and Merida, have even been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites. Alongside these major archaeological sites are smaller but equally interesting sites, often based on old Roman towns in beautiful natural settings. Just a few examples are the Carranque Archaeological Park in Toledo; the Roman towns of La Olmeda and Quintanilla de la Cueza in Palencia; the ruins at Oliva de Plasencia in Extremadura; the Roman towns of Els Munts and Centelles in Tarragona; the Roman city of Baelo Claudia in Tarifa… and so the list goes on.

The archaeological sites often also include exhibitions, audiovisuals, reproductions, explanatory panels and scale models to provide visitors with a more complete insight into daily life in these settlements. One such site, for example, is the Museum of Roman Towns at Almenara-Puras, 55 kilometres from Valladolid. The only museum of its type in Spain, it is perfectly integrated with the surrounding landscape and, with exhibits of remains recovered from a stately house from the 4th century AD, enables visitors to learn about life in a farming town during the days of the Early Roman Empire.

Visiting the Roman towns in Spain will take you on a journey through rooms, palaces and burial grounds; you will admire temples and statues dedicated to the ancient divinities; beautiful mosaics and paintings of incalculable artistic merit; marble columns and old stone walls; the remains of ceramics, glass objects, coins and tools; dishes, containers and decorative elements; arches, bridges, vestibules and courtyards; water tanks; pantheons... a whole host of monuments just waiting to be discovered. All in all, an enjoyable and fun way to learn about one of the most fascinating periods in Spanish history.

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