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Numantia

Historical landscape
The hill where Numantia lies emerges in the Douro Valley where the Tera and Merdancho rivers meet in a landscape characterised by tall mountains of the Iberian System in the horizon. On the bottom of this hill about 7 kilometres away from the capital is Garray, a village that has evolved since the medieval times though still maintains quite a few features of its past, such as the Romanesque chapel of Los Mártires.

 

Symbolic history

This city resisted Roman troops during twenty years, from 153 to 133 B.C.E. Rome sent one of their most notorious consuls, Scipio Aemilianus, to invade Numantia and he set up a total of seven camps on the surrounding hillocks, joining them by a strong 9-kilometre-long defensive wall. Numantia was under siege for eleven months which made most of its inhabitants die from starvation in the summer of 133 B.C.E. Others chose to kill themselves and the ones who were left were sold into slavery. This is the main reason why the city is more than just an archaeological site; the Numantine resistance is a universal symbol of the fight for freedom.

 

A walk through the city

The tour is organised into eleven stages. The first one focuses on one of the most interesting aspects which is the explanation of Scipio’s Roman walls and how they surrounded Numantia to defeat them. You can see the topographic location of all seven camps on the hills nearby.
The Celtiberian city was defended by a strong wall, reinforced by quadrangular towers which are partially restored. Nowadays, what is left of Numantia is the part of the Roman city which was built afterwards in the 1st century C.E. You can see the streets and pavements, as well as stepping stones to cross the roads and avoid stepping on the mud. You can also see how they collected water in wells which were excavated into the earth. Two houses have been reconstructed and show the way of life of the Celtiberians and the Romans, showing the differences between them in each cultural context.

 

For more information on reservations and prices, visit www.numanciaonline.es  or call  +34 975 180 712.

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