Pollentia: The Most Important Archaeological Site in Majorca

January 18, 2016
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In the town of Alcudia the famous Majorcan archeological site is located, known with the name of Pollentia. A time deposit Roman dating back to the year 123. BC where the remains of what once was the capital of the Balearic Islands.

A place full of history discovered in the 17th century, a time in which coins and various objects of limitless value were found. Since then, although with some irregularity, excavations have been taking place. But it was not until the year 1923, when rigorous and systematic excavation works began thanks to the patronage of the Hispano-American Bryant Foundation, and with prestigious archaeologists Lluís Amorós, Marti Almagro and Antonio Arribas.

Records of historical life of the Roman city have been found since the year 70 or 80 BC until the 6th century A.d., a time in which the decay of the nucleus turned it into a necropolis. Pollentia had two ports, one in the North by the Bay of Pollensa and the large port in the South of the city. Both were of great commercial movement and above all the large port is one of the most visited ports. Among all the discoveries, found to date, include the Forum, the residential area, the Roman Theatre and the wall.

- Forum: Located in an area of 16 hectares which makes up the main forum, a center where the social and commercial life of the city took place. In it you can admire the great dimension in its day was this complex.

- Residential area: it is the main residential area of Pollentia, known as "Area of la Portella", it was located to the North of the main forum, connected to this through an arcaded way. The best-known buildings are the House of treasures and the House of the head of bronze(la Casa de los Tesoros and la Casa de la Cabeza de Bronce).

- Theatre: This impressive Colosseum is situated just outside the city borders, close to the shoreline in a southerly direction. It could accommodate about 1500 or 2000 spectators which were accommodated at various levels according to their social class.

- The wall: Along the ruins several paintings from the wall are preserved that surrounded the perimeter of the city protecting it from possible attackers, both terrestrial and marine.

The Roman city of Pollentia is qualified as a property of Cultural interest as well as historic and artistic, along with the historic centre of Alcudia.

To access the site of the Roman city you have to pay an entrance fee of 2 euros.

The price of admission includes a visit to the monographic Museum of Pollentia, which is situated within the historic centre of Alcudia, in front of the parish church of Santiago.

The Museum and the Roman city visiting hours are from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 to 13:00 h, Mondays and bank holidays closed.

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