Betica Roman route


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The Roman civilization left its particular imprint in Andalusia in the form of constructions type city, buildings and structures. There is a bética Roman route that shows all vestiges of Roman Republican or imperial times.

calzada romana ubrique.ruta romana betica
calzada romana ubrique

The Roman footprint that lived for several centuries since the arrival of Scipio the African until the fall of the Roman Empire by the barbarian hordes. This Roman route Bética offers the history, the archaeological remains and the way of life that led to the Romans.

anfiteatro italica.ruta romana betica
anfiteatro italica
The beginning of this route could not be other than the city of Italica. Founded in the year 206 BC as wounded camp of the Battle of Ilipa Magna. This city located on the banks of the Guadalquivir, near Seville shows us the splendor in the Imperial epoch.
In fact, its visible remains come from the time of Emperor Hadrian, his most illustrious son. In this city we can contemplate its causeways and its houses adorned with columns and its rich mosaics.
It is worth mentioning the house of the birds and its beautiful mosaic that shows these birds. These houses are inside the old walled enclosure as well as its hot springs that we can see today.
However the most colossal buildings are the Roman amphitheatre, probably one of the largest in the Empire and its theatre located in the nearby town of Santiponce.
Another place on the route is the neighbouring Seville, whose Roman name was Híspalis. If Italica was the leisure City Híspalis was the city of the trade. It is believed that the forum was located in the Plaza del Salvador.
capitel romano sevilla
capitel romano Sevilla. ruta romana betica
The remains that have come to us from Roman times is in the archaeological museum where we can see sculptures. Within that sculptures we can also check the city’s remains and mosaics.
Another site related to the Roman Híspalis is the Anticuarium Museum of the Metropol Parasol. Remnants of salting columns and storage structures were found during the works of this structure.
This place has become a museum space although we can see Roman remains in the columns of the Alameda de Hercules and in the street Marmols.
Not far from Seville, is Carmona, the Carmo of the Romans. In the city we can find remains even Punic however the most emblematic area is its necropolis.
necropolis carmona.ruta romana betica
necrópolis carmona
The necropolis of Carmona, is formed by a series of burial mounds and tombs with temples like the one of the god Mitra. However the most spectacular is the temple of Servilia, with a Hellenistic shape embedded in the rock and with passages with rich paintings on the passage to the other world.
Right next to the necropolis we can see its museum and its amphitheatre created in the rock itself. The museum has elephant figures from the temple of the God Mitra.
If we moved away from Carmona we headed to Cordoba, whose name in Roman was Corduba. Its most known structure is its Roman bridge through the Guadalquivir which was the south entrance to the city.
However other structures are the Roman temple, with its colonnade almost intact and the remains in the Palace of the Christian kings.
Near the city wall are the remains of the amphitheater which is in the process of digging. And from there to the entrance is the statue of the philosopher Seneca, son of the city.
templo romano cordoba.ruta romana betica
templo romano cordoba
Its archaeological museum has remnants of Roman coins and statues in which we highlight the god Mitra.
Entering in the province of Cadiz we must not forget naturally its capital, with a Roman name Gades. The city was a pilgrimage center of the god Hercules in the Temple of Sancti Petri and the god Crono located in the castle of San Sebastián.
The city also has a Roman theater open to the public in days counted as well as an archaeological museum with remains of this epoch.
Heading to the Sierra de Grazalema we find the city of Ocuri, in the mountains near Ubrique. Where we can find remains of Roman roadway and also structures such as palaces, temples and a mausoleum difficult to find in that state.
Near the city of Ronda, and located on a mountain at a thousand meters of altitude, we find the city of Acinipo, a different Roman city, located in a mountain where you can see walls, Domus, hot Springs and its magnificent theatre with a dreamy landscape.
To the south and close to the beach of Bologna we find the city of Baelo Claudia, a city with remains of forum temples, streets, statue, its magnificent theatre and remainders of a salt factory. The place where the garum was created.