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Mirobriga, Santiago do Cacem

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Miróbriga is an ancient Roman town located near the village and civil parish of Santiago do Cacém, in the municipality of the same name in the south-west of Portugal. Archeology revealed a that the town occupied the site of an ancient Iron Age settlement that existed since the 9th century B.C.With the Roman colonization a commercial area developed around the Forum. The baths, among the best preserved in Portugal, consist of two adjoining buildings, possibly for male and female use respectively. The residential areas are still little known. Relatively close to the baths, there is a bridge with a single, semicircular arch. The hippodrome, the only one whose entire ground plan is completely known in Portugal, is located further from the centre.HistoryExcavations and investigations, suggest that the earliest settlement began to take shape in the 9th century B.C., and that the defensive walls began appearing between the 4th-3rd century B.C. This settlement occupied an area of 11,800 m², with the population inhabiting the area along the embankment and north-east corner of Castelo Velho, of which only a wall and temple remains .By about the second half of the 1st century Roman occupation began, expanding the site and occupying an area of 28,000 m². At this time the thermal baths and paved road along the southeast were constructed, reflecting the Flavian economic prosperity. Around the first half of the 2nd century, the construction of the Oriental baths and hippodrome was begun, followed by a second phase of construction in the second half of the 2nd century and 3rd century.
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  • The site is fun to visit but does not have Guide and has few explanations about the place and the various buildings.
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  • The Roman site of Miróbriga is located on the outskirts of Santiago do Cacém in a small Valley before the area of sierra. On the outside is parking without problem and at the entrance you can see a small exhibition of objects that belonged to the city and serve as a prelude to what will be the rest of the visit. All the way is ground or paving of what remains of Roman road, along a road that runs between cypresses a fork, left later this is what was the forum with the remains of the temple and to his feet several tabernae and the Inn that conserves still some piece of mosaic. On the way to the forum, there are various domus though stays are not very well differentiated due to the State of conservation. If we go right down hill we find the thermal baths and a bridge. It is the part best preserved it is and still runs the water below the thermal stays. They have a good size according to the book which I bought the city had more than three thousand inhabitants, considerable size for the area and time. You can go with kids, we were with a cart but hot springs area is not good idea to download it, it is better take turns to see that part. It was also part of the city a Racecourse which form only guess from Google maps or from the road that goes towards Alvalade, is in a currently private property and does not fit into the circuit of the visit. It is about a kilometre away. It would make him an excellent but believe they fail some things that could help maintain the conservation status, everything is accessible and you can touch and human beings sometimes are not careful or takes into account the value of these historical remains; I saw people climbing everywhere to take pictures or fiddling mosaics without any care... as lover of history not amused me at all and I think that part of the responsibility is of those who manage the enclosure because they do not put standards. I hope that these ruins are not lost on this issue. Otherwise a lot worth a go for who likes the story or the Roman world.
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  • Wonderful. Too bad we don't have a packet, with map and picture of what could be the city. Museum very little "practical" and confused.
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  • Houses comfortable, beautiful environment, proximity to beaches, wonderful pool and staff close and affectionate.
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