Guided tours of the new Domus Avinyó

After Easter and up until the 26th of April visitors are invited to see the restored series of murals in the Roman domus that has been refurbished as part of the archaeological project, Pla Bàrcino

In 2004, as part of the rehabilitation project for the municipal building on Carrer Avinyó, an archaeological intervention was undertaken under the auspices of the Servei d’Arqueologia. The excavation uncovered the remains of a Roman domus, the origins of which date back to the 1st century, with subsequent reforms taking place up until the 4th century. As part of the archaeological project Pla Bàrcino, which began a few years ago in an effort to recover the remains of Barcelona as it was in Roman times, the restoration of the domus was carried out in a privileged location for acquainting visitors with the physical and administrative reality of the colony.

The preserved remains correspond to three rooms, two of which form part of a triclinium, a banquet, reception and dining area, the other being a cubiculum, or master’s chambers. The most relevant heritage element recovered is a series of mural paintings dating from the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. and which demonstrate great technical, compositional and chromatic technique. The aim of the project is both to display the domus and acquaint visitors with the paintings, which include a representation of the Rapture of Ganimede, an image of the muse Terpsichore, a putto, fictional architectures and various geometric and plant motifs.

After Easter and up until the 26th of April visits are free and, in addition, on the 26th of April and the 31st of May, guided tours entitled The Barcino residence and the Roman domūs of Carrer Sant Honorat and Carrer Avinyó, will be available. These will include a visit to the Avinyó domus as well as the domus on Sant Honorat, which dates from the 4th century and which preserves the central gardens and paved rooms featuring polychrome geometric mosaics.

Guided tours of the new Domus Avinyó

When: after Easter

Tickets: Free entrance up until the 26th of April. Afterwards, 2€

Where: c/ Avinyó, 15

More information here

Publication date: Wednesday, 01 April 2015
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