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Roman Villa of La Dehesa and the Magna Mater Museum (Las Cuevas de Soria)

Heritage of Cultural Interest under the Archaeological Site category since 1931.

 

This Roman Villa, along with the ones in Los Quintanares de Rioseco de Soria and Los Villares in Santervás del Burgo, is considered as one of the most luxurious ones in the entire province.

In La Dehesa, there is an incredible set of mosaics that spread throughout the room’s floors of the mansion. The mosaic designs are made up of carved tesserae of all colours, shapes and sizes.
In recent excavations, a new space was discovered with an impressive mosaic. These geometric designs along with the iconography make the Roman Villa of La Dehesa a place worth visiting. There is an emblem that has been identified in other rooms and that has been considered the family’s anagram, the Irrico family. Their name is of Celtiberian origin and it appears engraved on a tombstone that was found in the area.

 

The villa extends throughout 4.000 m2 and it was built around the 4th century over a previous building. It has a rectangular floor plan with a central columned courtyard around which there are different rooms. There are more than 30 rooms which have straight or semi-circular walls. The biggest room is semi-circular and it is the central axis of the residential area, protruding to the outside like a sort of apse. There is a series of narrow rectangular corridors that give access to the different rooms and help avoid drafts that came from the central courtyard.

 

The southern part of the building is dedicated exclusively to bathing. There are all sorts of bathing facilities and their corresponding services. Here, you can still see a bath decorated with a mosaic. In this area, you can also find the main entrance to the building.

 

The Roman Villa has been conditioned for the public, offering a tour of the villa as well as a museum with exhibits that help understand the culture and the history of the people who once lived in this villa which was one of the most important sheep farms of the Hispano-Roman culture in the Iberian Peninsula. The Anatolian goddess, Magna Mater, is the emblem that identifies this cultural space where you can learn and enjoy history and culture.

 

Book your visit by calling +34 660 017 854, or +34 651 381 240, or visit the website at www.villaromanaladehesa.es.

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Roman Villa of La Dehesa
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Roman Villa of La Dehesa

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