Roman and classical Spain
best classical antiquities
was an important part of the Roman Empire. The Romans were present in
Hispania for over six centuries, during which time they established the
Iberian peninsula as a major part of their Empire. Roman rule lasted
until the fifth century, when Spain was taken over by the Visigoths as
the Roman empire in the west went into decline. Spain was, for the
Romans, an important source of metals and of wool, and thus a major
player in the economy of the Roman empire. the Romans
towns and settlements throughout Hispania, and significant
remains can be found in many different regions.
Extremadura - the Temple of Diana.
Detail of the exquisite charioteer mosaic, Museum of antiquity,
(UNESCO world heritage
site) - Capital of the Roman province of Lusitania,
boasts the finest ensemble of Roman remains in Spain. Roman
amphitheatre, arena, temple to Diana, villa, long Roman
bridge and well-preserved stadium, plus the aqueduct of Los Milagros on
the outskirts of the city. Spanish national museum of classical
(Castilla y Leon) : (UNESCO
world heritage site) - Roman aqueduct (photo top) - still in use today.
(Catalunya): (UNESCO world heritage site) In town: Roman
Praetorian tower, Roman
circus. Out of town: Roman aqueduct, located on the northern
outskirts of town,
and also the Roman triumphal arch Arco de Berà / de Bara,
located on the old
Via Augusta 20 km northeast of Tarragona.
(near Seville, Andalucia) : Large
archaeological site, with impressive Roman amphitheatre and mosaics
very fine Roman bridge
over the river Tagus (photo below). This bridge has remained in
virtually continuous use since Roman times, and today carries road
(Castilla la Mancha) : The Alcantara Roman bridge over
tourism websites confuse these two bridges, or consider them to be the
same bridge; they are about 300 km apart)
Roman bridge over the Tagus at Alcántara, Extremadura.
Above : National museum of Antiquity -
Below : Roman theatre