Astorga Roman Walls

Astorga, Spain

The Roman walls of Astorga were built at the end of the 3rd century AD or beginning of the next century. The reasons that caused its construction are related to a period of instability experienced in the last years of the Roman Empire, especially originated by the incursions of the barbarian towns from the center of Europe. The walls has a length of 2,2 km.

At the end of the thirteenth century, repairs were documented by the hand of Bishop Nuño, who is credited with an important building task in the city of Astorga. However, we do not know the scope of these contributions, which may have significantly altered the appearance of Roman fortification.

References:

Comments

Your name

Website (optional)



Details

Founded: 3rd century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

More Information

turismoastorga.es

Rating

4.1/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Philip Tindall (15 months ago)
Great museum, though English translation of exhibits had clearly been auto generated via a translate app, and often read like Yoda was giving the tour.
Jan Luitzen Koopman (15 months ago)
Prachtig om te zien hoe de Romeinen hier ruim 2000 jaar geleden e.e.a. gebouwd hebben.
Gema (16 months ago)
Es una maravilla!!! Está muy bien preparada la ruta, es asombroso lo que descubres y lo bien formados que están los guías!! No sólo no te arrepientes en absoluto de pasar un día en la bella Astorga descubriendo sus secretos y cómo era la vida romana y su influencia y significado en la península si no que repites seguro (como yo
Gloria Maria A.F. (16 months ago)
La recepcionista, muy amable, hace una introducción explicativa a la visita. Al fondo hay un espacio para ver un vídeo muy interesante de 11 minutos de duración, para después subir al segundo piso a ver la exposición permanente. Visita ineludible
Sarah Bailey (2 years ago)
Excellent explanation of the Roman occupation of Astorga which allows you to see exactly where the buildings were located in relation to the city today. Small but well presented collection and a nice video to give you a feel for the era. The building itself is a Roman artefact.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Kisimul Castle

Dating from the 15th century, Kisimul is the only significant surviving medieval castle in the Outer Hebrides. It was the residence of the chief of the Macneils of Barra, who claimed descent from the legendary Niall of the Nine Hostages. Tradition tells of the Macneils settling in Barra in the 11th century, but it was only in 1427 that Gilleonan Macneil comes on record as the first lord. He probably built the castle that dominates the rocky islet, and in its shadow a crew house for his personal galley and crew. The sea coursed through Macneil veins, and a descendant, Ruari ‘the Turbulent’, was arrested for piracy of an English ship during King James VI’s reign in the later 16th century.

Heavy debts eventually forced the Macneil chiefs to sell Barra in 1838. However, a descendant, Robert Lister Macneil, the 45th Chief, repurchased the estate in 1937, and set about restoring his ancestral seat. It passed into Historic Scotland’s care in 2000.

The castle dates essentially from the 15th century. It takes the form of a three-storey tower house. This formed the residence of the clan chief. An associated curtain wall fringed the small rock on which the castle stood, and enclosed a small courtyard in which there are ancillary buildings. These comprised a feasting hall, a chapel, a tanist’s house and a watchman’s house. Most were restored in the 20th century, the tanist’s house serving as the family home of the Macneils. A well near the postern gate is fed with fresh water from an underground seam. Outside the curtain wall, beside the original landing-place, are the foundations of the crew house, where the sailors manning their chief’s galley had their quarters.