Cidade Romana de Ammaia, Marvao

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The Roman ruins of Ammaia are located within the Nature Park of the Serra de São Mamede, a mountainous expanse of forest in the civil parish of São Salvador da Aramenha, municipality of Marvão, along the border with Spain.HistoryThe Roman town of Ammaia was founded in the 1st century, likely under the reign of Claudius. Archaeological research from the early 21st century suggest that the town was already intensively settled around the reign of Augustus (end of the 1st century BC-beginning of the 1st century AD). The flourishing Roman town, lying in the Roman province of Lusitania, acquired its civitas statute in 44-45 AD, although there is some debate on whether it received its municipal status during the reign of Nero, Lucius Verus or Vespasian. Many of its urban structures developed through the exploitation of the area’s natural resources, and access to several roads connecting it to the provincial capital of Emerita Augusta (Mérida).During the 4th century there was a systematic reconstruction and restoration of the spaces of Ammaia. Yet, between the 5th and 9th centuries, Ammaia fell in decline and depopulated. When this part of the Iberian peninsula was already under Arab rule, the city seems to have been completely abandoned in favor of the nearby fortified settlement of Marvão. Ibn Maruán, an influential and powerful muladi began using the self-styled title of master of Ammaia and its ruins in the 9th century.
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  • Place still in evolution which demonstrates potential grid. Museum with a booty very interesting already.
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  • The site is still being excavated, actually disappointed in relation to information previously obtained. There is a small museum and a video telling them about the site. The path (roads) to the location is stunning
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  • A city... you never see. As in many Roman cities of the Iberian peninsula, enjoying more of what is sensed. The Museum is a small agglomeration of pieces, "relics"... just the tuntun. Only recommended if you don't have the best thing to do.
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  • I visited Cidade Romana de Ammaia in November, 2017 while on my bicycle tour of Portugal. It is an incredible place, albeit only 1-2% of the excavation has been completed. The small museum in the building as you enter is excellent, many items on display, funerary grave markers, coins, weapons, statues, glass and pottery. I have loved seeing all the Roman ruins on my bicycle tour; I love the ancient history.
  • One of the best locations for viewing Roman architecture and artifacts. The people here really know very well the history of this Roman city and the investigations that are taking place here.
  • Well worth a visit especially the museum.
  • The remains of a beautiful ancient civilization
  • The Cidade de Ammaia Roman ruins are located in São Salvador de Aramenha, Castelo de Vide and Marvão between. Entry costs € 3 and gives you access to the visit to the Museum, which has really amazing pieces, such as coins, glasses, which are in perfect condition. They look like that they are in the current era. Ammaia was a large Roman city which was located in the same place in the 1st century AD, which flourished thanks to the abundant agricultural products of the place (especially for wine, oil and cereals). The remains of this city were found in the 19th century, although the major excavations did not begin until the year 1994. To this day, missing many areas to explore and discover, but Museum well worth a visit. I leave you some pictures of it.
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