Villa Romana La Olmeda, Pedrosa de la Vega

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  • On July 5, 1968 it was a hot day of summer in Pedrosa de la Vega, Palencia population 62 km from the capital. Javier Cortes, owner of some farmland in the finca La Olmeda, headed a gang of workmen carried out a RAID on the ground works to facilitate the work of cultivation when plow suddenly stumbled across the remains of a structure solid. Javier Cortés and his friend Avelino Palacios stayed after hours and investigated the place where the plough had run aground; When removing the Earth appeared a stone wall... and then a mosaic. Javier Cortés, aware of the importance of the discovery, performed the necessary steps to carry out an archaeological excavation in La Olmeda what seemed a magna Roman rural villa of time lowimperial, rooms, corridors, porches... The Ministry of culture granted permission in 1969 and cuts ran personally with costs. Of the works is carried out by Pedro de Palol, Professor of archaeology of the University of Valladolid. For twelve years was rising and the conservation of the mosaics that were coming to light without ceasing. The extension of the site overflowed Javier Cortés, who with their limited resources could not cope with an excavation of such magnitude. At the end, in 1980 La Olmeda it donated to the Diputación Provincial de Palencia, that since then and until now has been archaeological work and the museological conservation and conservation of the site. Since 1988, the direction of the works has been in charge of José Antonio Abásolo, also Professor of archaeology of the University of Valladolid. During the following years came to light more stays and mosaic of a Roman imperial villa that occupies 4,400 m2, consists of 35 rooms, 26 of them with mosaic pavement, and a wide thermal area. It is an authentic Palace, drawn in a way symmetrical and organized around a peristyle garden surrounded by a portico. The unique figurative mosaic is at the oecus or reception hall of the owner. Its dimensions are exceptional, since it covers 175 m2, and is composed of three distinct themes: a dynamic scene of hunting, the myth of Achilles in the Palace of King Licomedes in Skyros and surrounding this reason, a valance with a series of medallions oval in which possibly shown to the owners of the House. The Palace was built in the times of Diocletian and Teodósio I, between the 4th and 5th centuries, and possibly belonged to a wealthy landowner with great political influence. The mansion reflects the splendour of the era and exploitation, as well as the refined taste of its inhabitants. The villa surprised by the amazing variety of the colourful mosaics with human figures, medallions, hunting scenes, of heroes like Achilles, floral... What makes la Olmeda one of Roman villas with the most beautiful and best preserved mosaics in the world, and whose central mosaic is for the majority of the experts the most grandiose polychrome mosaic of the world. But investigations continue in La Olmeda because it still hides many treasures to discover. Declared of Cultural interest, the Roman VILLA of LA OLMEDA is now, the place most visited in the province of Palencia, having surpassed even to his "beautiful stranger", as well as known as the Cathedral of Palencia. And very close there, the Roman Villa of Tejada in Quintanilla de la Cueza and Saldaña, full of legends, and whose Church of San Pedro is located the Museum of La Olmeda.
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  • Very interesting Roman Villa, beautiful and very well preserved mosaics. Visit highly recommended and very interesting and educational for children. 100% recommended.
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  • An interesting site a little hidden dey little indication to reach but worth visiting it
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  • One of the best museums ever. Almost intact Roman villa with amazing mosaic floors. Information in English - and free entry on Tuesday afternoon!
  • Beautiful large mosaics in excellent condition. This vila was more like a palace. Make sure you get to see the video in the auditorium, I had to ask for it. Incredible that such an important archeological find had such few visitors this Sunday in May. For over an hour, we were the only people here.
  • Unique mosaics in a fabulous building
  • Great archeological findings. Highly recommended.
  • Very interesting. They are the ruins of an ancient Roman villa. Very interesting mosaics conserved. There is parking, toilets, a café and possibility of guided visits. The cost to September 2017 is £ 5.
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