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Curiosities of ancient Rome (Monuments)

The world of ancient Romans abounded in a number of amazing curiosities and information. The source of knowledge about the life of the Romans are mainly works left to us by ancient writers or discoveries. The Romans left behind a lot of strange information and facts that are sometimes hard to believe.

Punic walls in Cartagena

In Cartagena (south-eastern Spain) there are remains of the Punic walls of Cartagena, which date back to the 3rd century BCE. Scientists have found traces of fire, which proves that a battle and probably looting really took place here.

Punic walls in Cartagena

Roman theater in Cartagena

Roman theater in Cartagena (southern Spain) was built in the late 1st century BCE. The facility is hidden among the modern buildings of the city.

Roman theater in Cartagena

Roman quarry in Cartagena

Roman sandstone quarry in Cartagena (south of Spain), which was intensively used from the 3rd BCE until the middle of the 20th century. This place has the status of a historic site.

Roman quarry in Cartagena

Cramond Fort

Cramond Fort is the remains of one of the few stone Roman forts on the Antonine Wall. It is located in the north-western district of Edinburgh, near the Almond River, in close proximity to the Firth of Forth (North Sea).

Stable foundations at Cramond Fort

Roman altar Carrick Stone

Roman altar, now called the Carrick Stone, which is located in Scotland. The object is dated to the 60s of the 2nd century CE. It is located halfway between Glasgow and Falkirk, close to Antoninus’ wall.

Roman altar Carrick Stone

Temple of Jupiter in Heliopolis

A rich spectre of ancient Roman architectural achievements is reflected all over the Empire’s former territory. The largest ever-built Roman temple is located in today’s Lebanon, in the Bekaa Valley.

The six remaining columns of the Jupiter temple

Extremely useful materials before visiting Pompeii, Oplontis, Boscoreale or Stabiae

When visiting Pompeii, Oplontis, Boscoreale or Stabiae, it is worth equipping yourself with appropriate materials in advance. On the Pompeii Archaeological Park website ( ) we will find maps and helpful materials that we can print out before the visit, and which will be invaluable help during sightseeing. It is worth mentioning that the materials are regularly updated.

Map of Pompeii by Pompeii Archaeological Park

Odeon of Herod Atticus

Between 160 and 174 CE the Odeon, i.e. a building intended for musical performances, was erected at the western end of the southern slope of the Acropolis. The sponsor of the construction was Herod Atticus, who wanted to commemorate the death of his wife Regilla in this way. It was the third building of this type in Athens, after Pericles (5th century BCE) and Agrippa (15 BCE). Odeon of Herod Atticus could accommodate about 5,000 spectators. For better acoustics, it was covered with a cedar ceiling.

Odeon of Herod Atticus

Great Colonnade of Apamea

In the city of Apamea (now Afamia) in western Syria, there are many ruins of an ancient city. There is, among others, the longest ancient street with a colonnade.

The longest ancient colonnaded street in Apamea

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