The Termes building of the Pati Llimona Civic Centre reveals its Roman ruins

The building adjoining the centre now includes 17 metres of the original Roman city walls as well as a section of 1st century thermal baths and ceilings from the 19th century

The works carried out three years ago in the Pati Llimona Civic Centre uncovered a series of Roman ruins that were hiding a series of previously unknown installations in the building adjoining the centre. Since the completion of the works on Carrer Regomir, 7, visitors are now invited to contemplate an archaeological complex that constitutes one of the city’s most important cultural spaces and an essential element in the understanding of the history of Barcelona.

Between the middle of the 1st century and the beginnings of the 2nd century A.D., on the outskirts of what was then Barcino, on the seaward side of the city gates, two thermal complexes were constructed, one for men, the other for women. The remains that are preserved at the entrance to the Termes building adjoining the centre include the cold-water baths and, still in excellent condition, the staircase used to access the facilities.

The expansion works carried out in the centre between 2009 and 2012 also revealed 17 metres of the original Roman city walls as well as remains of the sea port used at the time by merchants from throughout the Mediterranean.

While the building of the maritime castellum, or fortlet, in the 4th century and the transformation of the new city walls in the 10th century also affected the condition of the suburban thermal baths, the restoration works carried out some years ago on the building have revealed a complex of significant archaeological value that can now be visited free of charge.
 

Roman ruins of the Termes building of the Pati Llimona Civic Centre

When: from Tuesday to Friday, from 10 to 13h and from 17 to 20h

Where: Pati Llimona

Price: Free entrance

More information here

Publication date: Monday, 02 March 2015
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