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Roman villa of Els Munts

View of the bathhouse of the Roman villa at Els Munts.

View of the bathhouse of the Roman villa at Els Munts.

Built in the 1st century AD on a hill 12 km from Tarraco, this is one of the country’s foremost examples of  Roman villas, by virtue of the scale of the archaeological remains and the sumptuousness of the decorative elements.

The agricultural part of the villa’s grounds lies on the north and west slopes of the hill, while on the other side, facing the sea, the big domus was built together with several gardens and baths.

In  the 2nd century AD, the period of maximum architectural splendour, it was the residence of Caius Valerius Avitus, one of the duumvirs of Tarraco - the highest post in the provincial administration - and his wife Faustina.

At the end of the 3rd century a great fire destroyed most of the villa, although it remained partially occupied until the 6th or 7th century.

SPACES

<p>View of a sector of the&nbsp;interpretation centre of the villa at Els Munts.</p>
Interpretation centre
Interpretation centre
<p>View of the mosaic with&nbsp; geometric motifs preserved in the cryptoportico in the residential area of the villa at ElsMunts.</p>
Residential area
Residential area
<p>View of the water tank, known popularly as La Tartana (the cart).</p>
Rural area
Rural area
<p>View of the bathhouse at the Els Munts villa .</p>
Baths
Baths
<p>View of the experimental <em>hortus</em>, with the pergola and its climbing vine and the parterres with different species</p>
Experimental hortus
Experimental hortus
<p>View of the remains of the Mithraeum at the Els Munts villa .</p>
Mithraeum
Mithraeum

OBJECTS

<p>Painting with an inscription and the figure of the godOcean, 2nd century AD, 160 &times; 94.5&nbsp;cm.</p>
Painting with a rendering of O...
Painting with a rendering of Ocean

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