Quinta da Abelenda | Conimbriga, a national monument where you can visit the best preserved Roman Ruins of Portugal

Quinta da Abelenda
By the Ecopista do Dão

55 min. from Abelenda

The best preserved Roman Ruins of Portugal

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Conimbriga, the best preserved Roman Ruins of Portugal

The Roman Ruins of Conimbriga, Portugal

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Quinta da Abelenda is in an excellent central location that allows you to visit Conímbriga, while also allowing you to visit the many other attractions in the region.
The ancient city of Conimbriga is the largest Roman settlement in Portugal and is well worth visiting on any tour of the country's central and northern regions. It is classified as a National Monument.

History of Conímbriga

Like many archaeological sites, Conimbriga was built in layers. Some of the earliest layers date back to the first Iron Age in the 9th Century B.C.
The Romans arrived in the 2nd Century A.D., conquering the Celtic inhabitants and establishing a city that grew, flourished, and then fell victim to barbarian invasions until Conimbriga's residents fled to nearby Coimbra in 468.

Conimbriga, Portugal

Roman Ruins Conímbriga Roman Ruins

Best preserved Roman Ruins of Portugal

Although Conimbriga wasn't the biggest Roman city in Portugal, it's the best preserved. The city walls are largely intact, and the mosaic floors and foundations of many houses and public buildings remain. In the baths, you can view the network of stone heating ducts beneath the now-missing floors.
Archaeologists estimate that only 10 percent of the city has been excavated, so you're likely to see new discoveries if you return to Conimbriga after a previous visit.

Museum of Conímbriga

The site also has a museum that displays objects found by archaeologists during their excavations. A restaurant/café is in the museum, which also has a gift shop.

Taking Pictures

The visitors can use video and photographic cameras. However, in the museum the use of flash, any kind of artificial lighting, and tripods is not allowed.

Opening hours Museum and Ruins of Conímbriga

The ruins are open every day except for Christmas day, New Year, Holy Friday, Easter and 1st May. The museum also closes on Mondays.

Some images of Conímbriga

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Mozaïek Conimbriga



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