The Roman Necropolis of Barcelona consists of 95 tombs belonging to the II and III century A.C. This ancient burial site is placed below street level from which we can observe patches of flowerbeds scattered intermittently between the graves; these are located at both ends of the secondary entrances to the Roman Barcino (Barcelona).

Most tombs are “cupae”, simple funerary monuments. In actual fact, the necropolis was located outside the Roman walls as the law forbade burials within city demarcations, hence today it is located in the Plaça de la Vila de Madrid in front of the façade of the Sabassona Palace (Barcelona Athenaeum); right here we will spot the sculptural fountain “Maja Madrileña” and also a paved strip with a porch presiding over the tombs from which to enjoy the view.

Close to the archaeological site is an Interpretation Centre, which houses the objects unearthed and explains the territorial organisation of Barcino, roads, routes and the complexities of the Roman afterlife through the rituals and rites documented in the Necropolis. Five different types of burials were discovered: cupaes or urns, stelas, conical mounds, amphorae used as coffins or a simple hole in the ground.

It is known that this Necropolis was once located in a gardened landscape, therefore exposed to the elements that led to their deterioration, in particular of the inscriptions and paintings.


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