The Theater of Mérida is the “Prince of the emeritus monuments” according to Menédez Pidal, architect that directed its reconstruction in 1964. The excavations began in 1910. The theater had stands built to hold 6,000 spectators. The stands is (and was) divided into three sections, separated by small walls, in respect to the ancient class differences.
Although all that have attended Mérida’s Theater Festival know that the acoustics are better in the higher seats. Thanks to the festival that has been celebrated every year since 1933, it’s the only building that has been able to serve its original purpose after restoration. The stage is simply incredibly, decorated with statues of the Goddess Ceres, Pluto, and Proserpina.
History says that that theater was left unused after Christian arrival, as it considered theatrical representations immoral. After the Christians took power, the theater was used less and less, until it was eventually left abandoned.
Over the pass of time, the sand and the humans were responsible for its “disappearance.” But it wasn’t completely buried, there were seven rocks, the Seven Chairs/Seats, where, according to the legend, the Moorish Kings sat to discuss the future of the city.
It is one of the most beautiful and charming places in Córdoba, and like every story tale palace, its legend tells the story of a great love.
According to the legend, in 936, the caliph Abdul Rahman built this palatine city in honor of his slave, Azahara, even though it is clear that it also had to do with power. A place with gardens, fountains, luxury and ostentation in a dream palace.
Its most important parts are the private rooms, the Royal House, the House of Viziers, the House of the Army, the House of Ja'far, the Prince’s House, the Oriental Portico, the Abs al-Rahman III Hall and the Salon Rico. However, the architectural work was very brief. 74 years after its construction, the entire complex was destroyed and sacked by the Berbers. What remains is a must see. In my opinion it looks even more beautiful in its state of ruin, in the middle of an almost desert landscape, with amazing ochre and blue colors.
It is a must see for those who love history, legends and charming places. I recommend going by sunset, since it is quite hot in the middle of the day.
It is not hard to imagine what used to happen in this amphitheater located almost on the showers of the sea.
Tarragona has a lot of history to tell, as remnants from a large Roman metropolis appear in all corner of Tarragon. They give us a clue as to what live was like in those times.
You can see the amphitheater from the outside, or by buying a ticket to enter. In addition to the stands, you can see the subterranean chambers and the “backstage” area. Gladiator and animal battles were carried out here. Its close location to the sea made it easier to unload shipments of animals and take them to the amphitheater.
It’s worth seeing. Not just for history buffs, but also for anyone who passes through the area.
I was wandering around the busy streets of Mérida and then all of the sudden, the Temple of Diana appeared. It came into sight between the residential buildings, as if the urban planners wanted to put a shop here, an office there, and a temple over there.
I looked and compared it to the other Roman remains I’ve seen. “Here was…” one of the guides says as they look at three rocks still remaining on the ground. In Mérida, everything is present. Everything is still standing and standing within the modern city. Sometimes the ruins are buried, sometimes below new buildings, and others, like in this occasion, it’s a living testament, a standing work of art.
The Temple stands as magnificent as ever. It’s stood the test of twenty centuries that eventually destroyed the great Roman Empire. It’s appended to a medieval palace, with its proud columns, it’s calm persistence, and pleasant sight for tourists.
This was built on the hillside where La Alcazaba was erected. Its remains were discovered in the fifties, after being buried for centuries. After this, it was finally partially rebuilt on the remains of the theater, housing the House of Culture, former Municipal Archives and Library. It was not until the nineties, when the library was demolished completely, that its restoration continued. It can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, and is closed on Mondays.
The Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia are the Roman Ruins that are near Bologna's beaches. They have a visitor center with a museum and a park. Here you can see the ruins of the Roman city of Baelo Claudia, who was the main producer of Gallum in southern Spain. You'll also see the forum's ruins, perfectly preserved, and the original paving from the theater.
Pont del Diable is the popular Spanish name of the Roman aqueduct of Tarragona, capitol of the province of the same name.
The aqueduct is found 3km from the city and brought fresh water from the Francoli River. It’s a grandiose structure from the era of Trajan and has two levels of arches. The lower level has 31 arches and measures 63 meters in length, while the upper lever consists of 25 arches and measures 217 meters in length.
On the A-7 highway, there’s a place where you can park on either side of the highway and then reach the aqueduct by foot. It’s a nice walk and a worthwhile one at that. The Aqueduct of Tarragona was declared a National Historical Monument in 1905.
The Aqueduct of Tarragona was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1905.
The ruins of Santa Mariña Dozo, Cambados are in the upper part of the village. It is a late Gothic style temple whose construction was ordered in the mid-sixteenth century. They are within a cemetery. The conservation status of the ruins is good and the environment is right.
Whilst walking along a tree-lined promenade, bordered by dunes, connecting L'Escala and Sant Martí d'Empúries, visitors can stumble upon the Greek and Roman ruins d'Empurias. The Greek section is situated in the lower area of this archaeological site, near the sea, while the Roman dominates the uptown area. The Roman town retains some of its walls, one of the doors and some of the major house walls and mosaics. These ruins were discovered in the early twentieth century and 25 percent of the city has not yet been excavated.
Along with the National Museum of Roman Art, this was my favorite monument of the city. The sheer size of this aqueduct and the thought of building it in that era are really impressive. The aqueduct is located in a nice little park where you can take a walk and enjoy it in all its grandeur. The simple green park area somehow helps highlight the amazing dimensions of this enormous Roman construction.
The Arab baths “El Bañuelo” date back to the 11th century, are the oldest in Granada and the best preserved in Spain. They are situated in one of the most beautiful streets in the world: la Carrera del Darro.
The visiting hours are between 10 am and 2 pm from Tuesday till Saturday. They also organize cultural events. The entrance is free of charge.
These Arab baths have four rooms, apart from the central courtyard. The rooms are: the lobby to leave clothes, cold room, warm room and hot. The starry entrances to the caves really grab the attention, their function was to let light in, ventilation of the baths and to lighten the weight. It was a public building where the citizens went to bathe, get a massage, get a haircut, etc. The opening times were different for men and women and also served as a meeting place.
After lunch we went to visit the House of Mithraeum, somewhat far away from the rest of the Merida Roman beauties, but it is no less beautiful. In fact, it lies in one of the most beautiful mosaics, called the Cosmological Mosaic. In it you can see the evolution of the cosmos and its creation and the human figures that represent. The most striking thing about it is its colors, especially the shades of blue that represent the sky, the sea ... The rest of the room is a large Roman house, divided into three courtyards that give shape and luminosity. Very close to the house, in the current bullring, you can see some remains that were found. Having seen the house, the journey takes us to a path of land, to the columbarium, the area where the dead were deposited by the Romans. It is worth it if you have time.
It was a surprise finding it in the middle of the night. Walking down a small street, we noticed the roof so huge they have built for their conservation (very carefully of course). Upon reaching the square where the Roman theater is, it's a wonderful surprise. It's impressive both during the day and at night!
A good way to visit all of Tarragona’s Roman ruins is to go for a walk along the ruins of the ancient city wall. You can only explore at the base of the walls not from the top, so unfortunately you don’t get to see the panorama of the city. You will see a ton of history, though!
The "ruins of Santo Domingo" is the name given to this 13th century Dominican temple, which are one of the most visited attractions of Pontevedra and, of course, the most mysterious and attractive temple that I know. The best preserved parts of the building is the head of the church with its 5 apses, which is Gothic style from the 19th century. You can see part of the section stoning Pontevedra Museum. This exhibition considers part of its facilities. The main artifacts are preserved Roman tombstones, a medieval sarcophagus and early Christian remains, Romanesque pieces isolated from other Galician temples and one of the finest collections of arms of Galicia stones.