Ruínas de Conimbriga Travel Guide

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Ruínas de Conimbriga Things to Do

  • The main house

    This is how the main house in the city used to be. You can find this beautifull building in the ruins also. It's worth coming here and see all this civilization.

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  • The tiles

    The identified oldest tiles date of the age of final bronze. In the right it is possible to observe the way that bound Lisbon to Braga.

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  • The baths

    I was amazing to see these baths in such a good condition. The ruins are still well preserved thanks to local people.

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  • The houses

    Romans in Conimbriga used to have small houses but always with a small garden. In this photo it's possible to see the pillars and the gardens. Behind it's possible to see the wall that defended the city from atacks.

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  • more mosaics!

    The ancient city of Conimbriga may not be the largest town in Roman Portugal but it has apparently survived better than any other and is probably by far the most important Roman site in Portugal. When the last inhabitants here were attacked they abandoned it for the safety of nearby Coimbra and most of what has been excavated here is from the...

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  • see the aqueduct

    I was impressed with seeing the aqueduct on such a smaller residential scale - i have seen the huge ones around europe and walked over Pont du Garde in France but here was a smaller one that you can see up close and see how it fitted in with its city surrounds and its job to feed water to the city.

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  • See the mosaics

    Like the excellent mosaics to be seen in the houses and apartments throughout the Roman city of Volibulis in morocco, Conimbriga has houses still with excellent mosaics to be seen.

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  • House of the Fountains

    The House of the Fountains is a great Roman residential building dating from the beginnings of the 1st century.The central peristyle was decorated by landscaped box-gardens surrounded by mosaics and fountains.

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  • The Aqueduct

    The aqueduct has 3,5Km long til Alcabideque, where water was captured, and ended in a distribution tower near the arch.

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  • House of Cantaber

    The house of Cantaber occupied a very central insula in the urban pattern of Conimbriga. This house, one of the most spacious of the western Roman world, is believed to belong to a Cantaber, whose wife and children were killed during the barbaric invasions in 465 AD.The house has some curiosities like the peristyle. A system of multiple fountains...

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  • House of the Swastika

    Building of residential characteristics, that occupies the central part of a insula. Notice the beautiful mosaics

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  • House of the Fountains

    Another picture of the House of the Fountains. It is well preserved and you can see the fountains working.

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Ruínas de Conimbriga Restaurants

  • by janet_f Updated Dec 25, 2010

    The restaurant in the Museum offers a small selection of beautifully prepared local dishes at very reasonable prices. They gave us the best meal we had in 6 days in Portugal.

    Favorite Dish: Roast kid with potatoes and salad - so tender that the meat just fell off the bones. The red wine from the Alentjo region was also very good quality for house wine.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology
    • Museum Visits

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Ruínas de Conimbriga Transportation

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    by metteks Written Jun 1, 2006

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    Busses run direct from Coimbra to the ruins in the morning from the busterminal AVIC on Rua João de Ruão 18 at around 9 o´clock. It returns again in the afternoon at around 1 o´clock. The ride takes 30 minutes and was very nice. .

    If you miss the bus, or it is sold out, many more busses go to Condeixa, around 2 km form the site. (I haven't done that, as we took the direct bus). But my guidebook writes that it is a 30 minutes up-hill poorly signposted walk along a road.

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Ruínas de Conimbriga Favorites

  • House of the Swastika (Hitler never...

    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...

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  • Triclinium (okay go look THAT up)

    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...

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  • The "Skeleton" House

    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.

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