The Ibero-Roman City of Lucentum

August 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s nothing like going back to the origins of a city to understand its present-day features, so a visit to the hill known as Tossal de Manises facing Albufereta Beach is a must, especially if you are interested in archaeology. Here, hemmed in by tall apartment buildings, are the remains of Lucentum, listed as a National Historical and Artistic Monument since 1961.

The Ibero-Roman City of Lucentum

The Ibero-Roman City of Lucentum

This Ibero-Roman municipium covers 30,000m2, of which only 6,500 have been excavated. Its network of streets totals 1.3km, but only 200m of these have actually been studied to date. This archaeological site was first investigated by Antonio Valcárcel Pío de Saboya, Earl of Lumiares, in the second half of the 18th century. The finds here include ceramic materials dating from the late 5th to the early 4th centuries BC, and sections of the ancient city walls (3rd-2nd centuries BC). Lucentum was at its height in the first century of the Christian era. Viewable here are remains of its streets, pavoirs, typical homes and thermal baths.

photo by Hispa

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