Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Hispania

Vestiges of Roman architecture are found not only within the confines of the city of Rome itself, but also in all territories that belonged to this once powerful empire. One such place is Spain, known back then as Hispania.


Within the central Castilian region, for example, the most representative Roman structure is perhaps the aqueduct that towers over Segovia. Experts say that it was built around the 2nd Century A.D. and was used to bring water from the mountains to the city.


Not far from Segovia is the university town of Salamanca. While this city is more famous for its many Gothic masterpieces, the Roman bridge that traverses the Tormes River remains to this day an architectural feat.


Down south, in the autonomous region of Extremadura, we also can find Merida, Emérita Augusta in the Roman Empire. The city is like Rome itself, what with all the architectural ruins that serve as silent witnesses to its glorious past. This one, for example, is the ancient theatre.

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