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Roman Ruins in Barcelona: 7 Unmissable Spots

Did you know that you can find Roman ruins in Barcelona? Today, Barcelona may be a bustling and modern city, often characterized by the amazing Art Nouveau architecture of the early 1900’s. However, when you look a little deeper, Barcelona also has a rich ancient history; once you know where to look you will start discovering it throughout the ancient streets of the old town. 

The city of Barcelona, called Barcino by the Romans, was founded by the Roman empire at the end of the 1st Century and began to grow from there. The colony had around 1000 inhabitants and was bound by a defensive wall. If visiting ancient Roman Ruins is your thing, then keep reading. Below is a list of the seven Roman spots in the city that you can’t miss for an amazing historical tour of this ancient city.

1. Museu d’Història de Barcelona (MUHBA)

Plaça del Rei, 7-9, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Open since 1943, the Museu d’Història de Barcelona is a great and interactive way to explore the ancient Roman ruins in Barcelona. Spread throughout the city, most of the major historical points of interest are part of this wondrous and free open-air museum.

Below Plaça del Rei square, you will find 4000 m2 of archaeological remains, where you can walk along the ancient Roman streets. Here you also can expect to see intriguing objects found during archaeological digs, such as ancient Roman busts and Roman inscribed ceramics, giving you a real taste of what life may have been like back then.

For a list of other interesting museums, check our article with 10 of Barcelona’s top museums

2. MUHBA Temple d’August

Carrer Paradís, 10, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Inside a small medieval courtyard in Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella, you will be able to find the remains of what was once the Temple d’August; four upright pillars. This was the main temple of the Roman colony, and has been dated back to the 1st Century BC, as a place of worship for the Roman Empire. This building stood at the center of the Forum and looked down on the city due to its placement on a small podium, at the top of what was formally a small hill known as Mons Taber.

3. Plaça de Sant Jaume

Pl. de Sant Jaume, 1, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

The center of all activity, Placa de Sant Jaume used to be the Roman Forum, an arcaded square that was surrounded by the city’s main buildings. Forming a cross, the forum was the axis between two streets of importance, the “cardus maximus” and “decomanus maximus”. The square was also the site of a market, where goods from all over the Mediterranean were bought and sold. 

4. Plaça Nova

This is the former site of one of Barcelona’s gates and so can be a good look at the ancient remains of the historic Roman city wall and aqueduct. The two towers that can be seen here are clear signs of the way carriages and pedestrians entered in and out of the city.

5. Casa de l’Ardiaca

Carrer de Santa Llúcia, 1, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Whilst this site doesn’t showcase the original, it’s possible to see a modern replica of one of the city’s aqueducts, which can give you a good idea of how the city used to function. This spot also marked the start of one of the main Roman roads. 

6. Plaça Vila de Madrid and Via Sepulcral Romana

Both sites situated in Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella, outside of the city’s walled precinct, here you will find 70 tombs from the city’s ancient necropolis, revealing just how Romans built their cemeteries. You can walk above these tombs, along Via Sepulcral Romana, to get the best view of these ancient relics.

7. Plaça Ramon Berenguer

Passeig de Santa Madrona, 39 Pl., Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Here, among the epic background of the Gothic chapel, you will be able to find a section of ancient Roman wall, dating back to the early 4th century AD. Look closely and you will find that the wall was constructed of materials from other buildings, as a reinforcement for the original wall built in the 1st Century BC.

If you want a true exploration of the old Roman city of Barcino, head to the Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya where you will be able to find over a million original pieces that take you on a journey through the history of Barcelona, including the establishment of the Roman Empire. This includes collections of items from the Roman times. 

Once you start walking around Barcelona, you will be able to find these points and get lost in your exploration of the ancient history of the city. 

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