Columns and cobblestone streets in the archaeological area of ​​the Roman forum of El Molinete, Cartagena, Spain.

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Barrio del Foro Romano


Set alongside the Molinete hill are the evocative remains of a whole town block and street linking the port with the forum, dating from the 1st century BC and including an arcade and thermal baths. One of the houses preserves a courtyard and important fragments of wall paintings.

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