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  • 1 Museo Nacional de Arte Romano Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    José-Ramón-Mélida

    Situated in an impressive modern building specially designed by architect Rafael Moneo to present the extensive collections of Roman archaeology from Mérida. On the upper floors, which contain jewellery, coins and pottery, you can see some fine mosai..

  • 2 Mérida's Theatre Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Paseo de José Alvarez Sàenz de Buruaga

    Built by Agrippa, Augustus's son in law, 24 years BC, the theatre has the classic arrangement of the great imperial theatres: banks of seats in a semicircle with capacity for 6,000; a very fine stage wall decorated (2C AD) with colonnades and statues..

  • 3 Mérida Romana Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    In 25BC, the Roman governor of Augustus founded the township of Emerita Augusta. It was well-situated on the River Guadiana and at the junction of major Roman roads, and as a result soon became the capital of Lusitania. The Romans lavished upon it te..

  • 4 Mérida's Amphitheatre Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    C. José Ramón Mélida

    This arena dates back to the 1C BC and could, it is estimated, hold 14,000 spectators. The area in the centre probably contained facilities for maintaining the track and accessory shops.

  • 5 Church of Santa Eulalia Interesting

    Religious buildings

    av. Extremadura

    Digs in the basement of this church have revealed the rich history of this place, occupied successively by Roman houses, an early Christian necropolis, a 5C basilica and, from the 13C, the current church.

  • 6 Casa Romana del Anfiteatro

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Près de l’amphithéâtre

    Collection of remains of various buildings - water conduits, paving, wall sections - connected to a mansion, organised around a peristyle, and its outhouses. The floor mosaics have been incredibly well preserved.

  • 7 Casa del Mitreo

    Archaeological and historical sites

    C. J. Ramón Mélida

    This mansion, arranged around three open atriums, was built outside the town walls in the late 1C. Some rooms have preserved the remains of paintings and mosaics, including the cosmological mosaic.

  • 8 Templo de Diana

    Archaeological and historical sites

    C. Romero Leal

    Remains of a former temple devoted to the imperial religion and built at the time of Augustus, it retains a large part of the colonnade with Corinthian capitals and channeled columns.

  • 9 Mérida's Alcazaba

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    C. del Puente

    To defend the 792 m Roman bridge that crosses the bed of the Guadiana, scattered with islets, the Moors built this 9C fortress. Inside the walls, note a cistern cut out at the level of the river's water.

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