|UNESCO #664 - Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida - SPAIN|
Friday, November 29, 2013
Mérida - SPAIN - UNESCO #664
Nor far from the border between Portugal and Spain stands one of the most beautiful remains of the Roman Empire I've visited (not counting with Rome itself of course!). Mérida (known as Augusta Emerita) as lots of well-preserved sites like the four we can see in this card: The Roman Theater, Diana Temple, the Alcazaba (Arab construction over a Roman fortification) and the Roman Arena. Thank you very much Vitória for this nice surprise, I really like the card and it becomes the 233th UNESCO in my collection (only 748 to the end). This postcard took 4 days to arrive!
The colony of Augusta Emerita, which became present-day Mérida in Estremadura, was founded in 25 B.C. at the end of the Spanish Campaign and was the capital of Lusitania. The well-preserved remains of the old city include, in particular, a large bridge over the Guadiana, an amphitheatre, a theatre, a vast circus and an exceptional water-supply system. It is an excellent example of a provincial Roman capital during the empire and in the years afterwards.