Santa Criz de Eslava

Eslava, Spain

Santa Criz is a Roman archaeological site, located in the foothills of the Sierra de Arbiñaga. There has been an Iron Age fort already before Romans arrival. The Roman forum and surrounding town was established in the first century BCE during Augustus Caesar. To the south of the city is a necropolis. It occupies about 2000 m². 


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Eslava, Spain
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Founded: 1st century BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Spain

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Ross H (2 years ago)
Amazing place, can feel the history
Felix Jimenez (2 years ago)
It is worth it, it is spectacular what the site has improved over the years. Surprising number of columns and their decorative variety. The size of the city seems much larger than expected. The posters are very detailed The main building, which is the most excavated, is very large. The load-bearing wall is very wide and suggests that it would be a very tall and important building. .
Ana Mota (2 years ago)
Very nice for family walk and pic nic
Jeroen Mourik (4 years ago)
We felt so lucky to see the sign for this Roman archeological site on the main road. We almost missed this! The small excavated areas of the center of town and the acropolis reveal enough to get an idea of Santa Criz in Roman times. The location of the site and the vistas of the area with Eslava in the distance are a treat in itself.
Keith Hasselstrom (4 years ago)
Amazing Roman ruins discovered just a few years ago. There where no other families at the site so it was not touristy. With a little imagination, you can really put yourself 2000 years in the past.
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