Via Sepulcral Romana

sights / Historic

Via Sepulcral Romana information

Location
Barcelona , Spain
Address
Plaça de la Vila de Madrid
Telephone
+34 93 256 21 00
Getting there
Metro: Catalunya
More information
www.museuhistoria.bcn.cat
Prices
adult/child €2/free
Opening hours
11am-2pm Tue-Fri, to 7pm Sat & Sun
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Along Carrer de la Canuda, a block east of the top end of La Rambla, is a sunken garden where a series of Roman tombs lies exposed. A smallish display in Spanish and Catalan by the tombs explores burial and funerary rites and customs. A few bits of pottery (including a burial amphora with the skeleton of a three-year-old Roman child) accompany the display.

The burial ground stretches along either side of the road that led northwest out of Barcelona’s Roman predecessor, Barcino. Roman law forbade burial within city limits and so everyone, the great and humble, were generally buried along roads leading out of cities.