Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Roman Merida

From Evora we made our way into Spain (for the third time this trip) to Merida. The distance is only ~100 miles, but public transport is rather tricky. Completely out of dumb luck (we both read a Portuguese schedule incorrectly), we happened to attempt the journey on the first day of Portugal Easter school holiday, which means we can make the whole way on public transport in one day using 3 separate tickets and 4 buses. When school is in session it is only possible on Fridays!

Merida is not usually high on Spain itineraries, but came highly recommended. We were not disappointed. On the less than one mile walk from the bus station to our hotel, we walked by five Roman sites. We busied ourselves close to two whole days checking off Roman sites big and small, major and minor. I got the feeling that these people would like to dig up the whole town if they could; and invariably they will make big finds.

We didn't think so much of town itself, but the Roman sites are amazing. John was going like -- if I were a high school Latin teacher, I'd bring my class here instead of Rome.

It is possible to have too many Roman Ruins pics, so just the highlights - I hope. ;-)

On the road to Spain, we passed many marble quarries near Evora...
On the road from Evora, Portugal to Merida, Spain

...and a huge aqueduct on the outskirts of Elvas.
On the road from Evora, Portugal to Merida, Spain

The Ancient Roman Temple near our hotel that we walked by at least times a day. The structure at the back of the temple is from the Moorish period and there are also Visigoth structures at this site. Very cool!
Merida, Spain

The Roman Amphitheater...
Merida, Spain

...is next to the Roman Theater.
Teatro - Roman Ruins - Merida, Spain

Teatro - Roman Ruins - Merida, Spain

The Museum was excellent, and with a Roman Road underneath.
Merida, Spain

Merida, Spain

Merida, Spain

The Roman Bridge is next to the Arab Fortress with its very cool cistern.
Merida, Spain

Arab Cistern - Merida, Spain

Many of the Roman sites lie underneath existing buildings that now sit high on pilotes.
Road - Roman Ruins - Merida, Spain

Merida, Spain

Merida, Spain

One of the several Roman Aqueducts in Merida (at dusk).
Merida, Spain

The Arab Fortress at night.
Merida, Spain

This lesser Roman site, it's free, is thought to have been a pit for snow storage.
Merida, Spain

The Ancient Circus was huge.
Merida, Spain

Merida, Spain

The Roman arch known as Trajan's Arch.
Merida, Spain

The Visigoth Art Museum was better than expected.
Merida, Spain

And finally, Saint Eulalia was born and martyred in Merida. Here are the excavations under her tomb and eponymous church.
Merida, Spain











2 comments:

Kathy said...

Impressive

john said...

@Kathy, Have you been to Merida?