Saturday, December 18, 2010

Roman ruins of Bohonal de Ibor, Extremadura {Part III of III}

Thanks to the legacies that are preserved today, modern Spain is able to share the tangible aspects of its intriguing history and culture during the era when it was part of the Roman Empire.

Besides language and religion, ingenious engineering - whether it’s infrastructure for practical use, entertainment, or relaxation - is probably one of the most significant contributions of the Romans.

There is the famous aqueduct of Segovia, the Roman bath ruins of Gijón, and the many Roman bridges that are still spanning across riverbeds at Córdoba, Salamanca and Cangas de Onís for example.

Perhaps the most impressive assemblage of Roman engineering that I’ve seen so far (which consists of theatres, circus, temples & aqueducts) is contained in Mérida, Extremadura.

It's no wonder that there are more traces of Roman influences found in this very same autonomous community.

Above: The remaining structure of an old Roman temple referred to as "Collumnata de los Mármoles", Colonnade of Marbles.

Previously located at the Roman settlement of Augustobriga at Talavera de Vieja in Extremadura, these ruins were subsequently moved brick by brick in 1963 to their current spot at the nearby town of Bohonal de Ibor, just by the Valdecañas reservoir along the route of the Tagus River.

Above: A stone's throw away is a much less imposing set of remaining three columns, or stumps rather, from another temple which I believe was the Temple of Cilla.

Above: The scenery of the Valdecañas reservoir.

Of course there are more Roman ruins to be explored in Spain, but those will have to wait till next time!

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