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Municipality of S ... Spa Oct 01, 2017
There are many evidence of life from the Roman era in the wider area of ​​the city of Sarajevo. The Sarajevo area was part of the Roman province of Dalmatia. Sarajevo lies on the route of one of the most important Roman roads, from Narona (near today Metković, on the right bank of the Neretva River) to the Drina River, which most probably went through today's main street and bridged in the area of ​​Baščaršija. The road connected very important mines in Eastern and Central Bosnia from Podunavlje to the Adriatic Sea.

A significant number of coins were found in all parts of Sarajevo, indicating a continuous life on the territory of today's city during the Roman administration, i.e. from the 1st to the 6th century. The intense life in the Sarajevo area took place during the 3rd and 4th centuries.

In the Sarajevo field, where a new city was developed, there are several Roman settlements, but also the administrative center of this region - Ilidza.

Near the source of the river Bosna there were many Roman buildings, including a swimming pool. On a square based floor was found a stylized mosaic with harmoniously arranged colors, figures and motifs resolved in the form of ornaments. In the center there is a woman's head, and in the corners is an elliptical space with one fish.

Near it was also discovered a villa with beautiful mosaics of geometric motifs and a characteristic inner layout of a rich Roman house. Beneath the floor was discovered a central heating system.

In one of two more buildings there was discovered another mosaic of great artistic value: the compositions of four Amor on horses, whose last parts are transformed into the shape of a snake.

During the research of the settlement, there was found a damaged inscription placed in honor of Emperor Diocletian( around 243 - 316). This inscription is significant because it contained the name of the city (Aquae S ...). On the basis of another inscription on the Ara- altar reads: "Appolini Tadeno Charmidis Coloniae servus domnum dedit", proves that the spa had the status of a colony, which means of the higher- ranked city than the municipium.

The ruins are located on the left bank of the Željeznica river, at the very beginning of the settlement Lužani in Ilidža.
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