Antequera - Fact 3 - Roman Holiday


The Roman era brought great prosperity to Antequera (named "the Ancient City", or Antikaria, by them). Among the treasures from that age are a very rare, small bronze statue of a boy, "Ephebus of Antequera", dating from the 1st century AD, in the Museo Municipal, as well as other well-preserved artefacts and mosaics found in the Roman villa (see below). Then, there are the recently discovered Roman baths, next to the Real Colegiata de Santa Maria la Mayor; and finally, the mansion itself, next to the station, which was discovered in 1998, and is still being excavated. Nearby is a structure known locally as the "Carniceria de los Moros", a large springs and pool which would have belonged to a Roman villa. The sulphorous springs of nearby spa town Carratraca were popular in Roman times.

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