Vilamoura Cerro da Vila Roman Ruins Museum
The Roman ruins of Cerro da Vila are located in the district of Faro, in the municipality of Loulé and more precisely in the parish of Quarteira. Consist of several Roman baths and mosaics dating back more than 2000 years.
Belonging to the territory of Ossonoba, the original occupation of the village dates back to the first half of the first century AD Its location encouraged the use of marine resources and trade, as shown by the existence of a port.
In the second century, and particularly from the third century, the residential area got a significant size. The water was a constant feature, the gushing fountains and statues for the garden lake, the central space around which the whole house itself comprised a large reception room and summer meals, rooms, the kitchen, service areas, which included a cryptoporticum.
The walls were covered with stucco painted in fresh, bright colors, floral and geometric motifs. The floor was decorated with multicolored mosaics. The sculptures of gods and men decorated the interiors, harmonizing a number of fantastic color and carved stone.
Little is known about the local economy, but several workshops with tanks indicate the production of prepared fish or, more likely, the dyeing of cloth in purple. The discovery of large quantities of imported goods, amphorae, oil-lamps, pottery and glass, demonstrates the integration of Cerro da Vila in the commercial network of the Roman Empire.
The lords of Cerro da Vila were buried in tombs with columbarium, a vault with niches for the lateral placement of urns containing ashes.
A set of silos from the Islamic period, built inside the Roman houses, condemned the continued occupation of the buildings.
And finally for recovery and presentation of the site to the public, was built a museum site where is show a monograph exhibition. Was also published a leaflet guide to accompany the exhibition.
The Roman ruins of Vilamoura,m are part of Quarteira heritage, and are also part of the various centers and tourist attractions of Quarteira (Vilamoura) and Loulé.
Nearby: Albufeira, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Faro, Loulé, Querença
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