Roman Walls of Lugo

Lugo, Spain

Roman Walls of Lugo are an exceptional architectural, archaeological and constructive legacy of Roman engineering, dating from the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. The Walls are built of internal and external stone facings of slate with some granite, with a core filling of a conglomerate of slate slabs and worked stone pieces from Roman buildings, interlocked with lime mortar.

Their total length of 2117 m in the shape of an oblong rectangle occupies an area of 1.68 ha. Their height varies between 8 and 10 m, with a width of 4.2 m, reaching 7 m in some specific points. The walls still contain 85 external towers, 10 gates (five of which are original and five that were opened in modern times), four staircases and two ramps providing access to the walkway along the top of the walls, one of which is internal and the other external. Each tower contained access stairs leading from the intervallum to the wall walk of town wall, of which a total of 21 have been discovered to date.

The defences of Lugo are the most complete and best preserved example of Roman military architecture in the Western Roman Empire.

Despite the renovation work carried out, the walls conserve their original layout and the construction features associated with their defensive purpose, with walls, battlements, towers, fortifications, both modern and original gates and stairways, and a moat.

Since they were built, the walls have defined the layout and growth of the city, which was declared a Historical-Artistic Ensemble in 1973, forming a part of it and becoming an emblematic structure that can be freely accessed to walk along. The local inhabitants and visitors alike have used them as an area for enjoyment and as a part of urban life for centuries.

The fortifications were added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in late 2000 and are a popular tourist attraction.

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Rúa da Tinería 48, Lugo, Spain
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Founded: 3rd century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Julia O (2 months ago)
The old city remains totally enclosed by these ancient walls and there is a wide path to wall all along to top of the walls. Attractive city.
Yelena Quijada (2 months ago)
beautiful place and incredible views
Nina I. (3 months ago)
Easy access, well maintained and so wonderfull to see the locals on their morning walk... Along a couple of thousands years
Mark Auchincloss (3 months ago)
UNESCO World Heritage Site as its the finest totally in tact Roman fortification in Western Europe. Dates back to 3rd Century. Over 2 km in length. As well as great views expect to see lots of local folk taking exercise or walking the dog.The locals say most things inside the walls are more expensive than outside!
Joseph Benny (5 months ago)
A great feat indeed. A fortress standing tall and intact for the past 1800 years is not a joke. You can stroll along this marvel which is around 2 kms long and enjoy the view of the city of Lugo.
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