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“Very interesting insight into Roman living”

Quarter Of The Roman Forum
Ranked #4 of 98 things to do in Cartagena
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Roman Forum District stands as one of the largest urban archaeological sites in Spain. You are invited to take a stroll through the ancient pavements of Carthago Nova; to explore the different rooms of the thermal baths of the port where its entrance portico with the original flooring; discover how were the banquets in the Roman empire visiting the Building of the Atrium with its high walls and decorations; and to immerse oneself in the mystery cults to the Egyptian gods Isis and Serapis in their sanctuary. In short, a way to immersing oneself in the ancient Roman city learning different aspects of their daily life.
Reviewed 3 March 2014

This was the first place we visited when we arrived in Cartagena, and we weren't disappointed. It's fascinating to go to a site that is still being developed - there is a fairly large area that has already been excavated, but a good sized area which is still a work in progress. The area that is already uncovered is well signed and easy to access. Make sure you don't miss the Decumeno over the road - it took us a few attempts to find it (the permanently closed door gives the appearance that it's closed, but just give it a pull and you'll find it's open), but it's part of the site and also very interesting.

5  Thank HelenPortsmouth2
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

The uncovered remains of the thermal bath's and former temple are little more than a few walls (though you can nicely see how the warm baths were heated). The various plaques, some interactive give a nice overview of how it once looked though, as well as the several fazes each building went through.

The entrance of uncovered Roman street and the thermal bath's furnace on the other side of the road is less obvious, but was pointed out to us by the helpful staff at the entrance.

3  Thank Greet S
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

Last time we visited Cartagena this area was not yet open to the public and one could only peer hopefully through the fencing to try to see what was taking place.
3 years later we were delighted to find that we could witness the wonderful progress that the excavations had made. Very easy to look around, well signed and illustrated. Viewing platforms make appreciation of the overall area possible.
Work is on-going and the staff were at pains to explain the large site to us. It extends way beyond what is presently on show. They are wonderfully enthusiastic about their jobs and Roman history.
All of Cartagena appears to be sitting on a Roman site - many more wonders lie beneath the modern day town, that's for sure !

2  Thank peaseblossom85
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

It's not huge, but it is worth a look. They have tried to put some reproductions in to give a better idea of what it was like, and I think this works quite well. There isn't a huge amount of info, but there were guides presenting to groups (in a few languages), so perhaps you are supposed to do that!

How the building was changed over time was interesting - perhaps a few more "artistic impressions" would help, especially for children.

1  Thank VickyInWarwick
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

A relatively new museum, it is situated at the foor of the Molinete hill and gives you a brilliant way to imagine what Roman everyday life was like in a bath, pub and inn.
Only half the area has been prepared so far.

Thank Garreg
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