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.

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

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Philip Tindall (4 days 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 (5 days ago)
Prachtig om te zien hoe de Romeinen hier ruim 2000 jaar geleden e.e.a. gebouwd hebben.
Gema (26 days 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. (27 days 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 (12 months 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.
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