Today when you say "Swastika", for most people, it immediately brings to mind Hitler and his death camps. This because Hitler and his 1,000 year Reich, "adopted" the symbol of the swastika to adorn their flag.
But as you can see in the first photo, the name may misleading, the swastika has been around for much longer than the 1,000 year Reich. The ruins at Conimbriga date back about 1,600 years and the swastika is present. Do disassociate the swastika from Hitler and enjoy the beautiful mosaics found all over Conimbriga.
(PS: At first glance I was stumped as to where the swastika was, the most evident was the cross shape, but if you look close you will see in the two upper corners what could be seen as a swastika.)
Triclinium, okay when I looked this up I found several different definitions.
1) A stone couch used to recline while eating.
2) Living room or dining room.
Now when I was at the site I found several rooms as you see here, that could have been a living room or dining room, but no stone couch, so I will go with the living/dining.
No matter the lovely mosaics make up for any skewed definitions.
Fondest memory: Pretty good map of the area.
Read the name of this house and began to look for a skeleton in the design of the mosaics, but Zohara then read to me from the pamphlet that this particular residence had gotten its name from when work was being done here on site and workers found a skeleton.
But beautiful mosaics yet again.
When you compare the size of this villa and its complexity with the homes we live in today, you realize that this Roman nobleman, Mr. Cantaber, would have been one of the REALLY "rich and wealthy".
I mean WOW, you can find gardens, decorative pools, bathing area, even a central HEATING SYSTEM...not to mention the sheer SIZE of the complex.
The mosaics are numerous and beautifully preserved and many remind me of the Tzippori (Zippori) site in Israel, both in the degree of preservation and detail.
Fondest memory: For more information, return to House of the Fountains 1.
Undoubtedly the House of the Fountains is the most fantastic spot at Conimbriga, so save it for the last thing you visit at the site.
Even today after the town has been left in ruins since the 4th century, you will find many of the mosaics in excellent shape. It seems that each and every room was a canvas for the imagination of whatever the artist could think up.
Just how much more amazing it would be if the fountains actually still worked today.
It is a national monument, my question would be why not a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
Do make sure you have a guide book or pamphlet from the site since there is little or no explanations on site (this is an oversight that hopefully they will correct one day).
Fondest memory: For some more exact history: