Museu de Conimbriga
Conimbriga, Conimbriga, Portugal
Museu de Conimbriga Reviews
Great set of Roman ruins Nov 30, 2010
This site is composed of two parts - a wonderful set of Roman ruins and a museum which houses valuable artefacts from the period.
The city was populated by the Romans from the second century onwards after conquering the Celtics. After settling there, they fled the city in the fifth century to the nearby city of Coimbra in order to avoid Barbarian invasion.
During their occupancy, the Roman culture and customs flourished and a lot of this can be seen at the site. For example, the city walls are still evident, along with house outlines, walls and mosaics. The forum is currently being reconstructed with brand spanking new materials. I’m sure this is historically accurate, but I feel that it looks out of place with the rest of the stonework. The House of Fountains is a wonderful house which belonged to an aristocrat, and its detailed and vivid mosaics are sheltered under a roof.
The museum holds some wonderful artefacts from the period, including coins, pottery, jewellery, mosaics and statues. The range is extensive and there is a sufficient amount of detail about each type of item.
Entrance fee is 4 Euros. There is a café and free picnic area on site, and the toilets are very nicely maintained in the museum itself!
If you want to see a very good set of Roman ruins which are well preserved, I’d recommend this site highly.
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