Clunia, an Extensive Roman Ruin in Spain

October 15, 2014, morning.

CLUNIA, A ROMAN RUIN

We started our soggy day by heading to Clunia, a Roman ruin that had existed as a town for several hundred years (from pre-Roman times until about the 3rd century AD).Despite the rain the Roman town was fascinating.The Amphitheater in Clunia, a Roman ruin that had existed as a town for several hundred years (from pre-Roman times until about the 3rd century AD)The amphitheatre was huge.Roman Amphitheatre at Clunia in SpainThis is where you had to stand when you said, “friends, Romans, countrymen…”, especially if you wanted everyone in the amphitheatre to hear you.
Sweet Spot in the Roman Amphitheatre at Clunia in SpainRoman Amphitheatre at Clunia in SpainThere were mosaic tile floors all over the site.
Sign saying it is prohibited to step on the mosaic tiles in Clunia, a Roman ruin that had existed as a town for several hundred years (from pre-Roman times until about the 3rd century AD)Because it was mid-October they were in the process of winterizing the tile floors to protect them from the colder temperatures expected in the Spanish winter. I was disappointed we couldn’t see all the mosaic floors but the process of winterizing them was interesting too, as the workers layered cloth, pea gravel, more cloth and then sand over the floors.Winterizing the mosaic tiles in Clunia, a Roman ruin that had existed as a town for several hundred years (from pre-Roman times until about the 3rd century AD)Winterizing the mosaic tiles in Clunia, a Roman ruin that had existed as a town for several hundred years (from pre-Roman times until about the 3rd century AD)This is what it was supposed to look like underneath all the protective coverings.Clunia: Notes on the mosaic tilesA Roman mosaic floor that hadn’t been covered yet.
Roman Mosaic Floor at Clunia in SpainAnd another.
Mosaic tile floor in Clunia, a Roman ruin that had existed as a town for several hundred years (from pre-Roman times until about the 3rd century AD)There was a series of Roman bathhouses, one hot, one tepid and one cold, just like a modern spa (but maybe without the jacuzzi jets).
Roman Bathhouse at Clunia in SpainIt wasn’t all Roman; there was the ruins of an old church in amongst the Roman archeology site.An old church in the Roman ruins in Clunia in SpainAnother sign that it was October – the hills were alive with mushroom pickers, and these little baskets filled with mushrooms showed up everywhere.
Someone was picking mushrooms in Clunia, a Roman ruin that had existed as a town for several hundred years (from pre-Roman times until about the 3rd century AD)The map showing our route that day, from Quintana de la Sierra down to Penafiel and the Castillo de Curiel, the medieval castle we were staying in that evening.
time travelling in Spain: Quintanar de la Sierra to CurielMore on our 2015 trip to Northern Spain.

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