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Teatro Romano

Mérida's most spectacular Roman monument, and the only one to once again fulfill its original function (by hosting performances during the Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico in summer), the Teatro Romano is th…
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Puente Romano

Don't miss the extraordinarily powerful spectacle of the Puente Romano spanning the Río Guadiana. At 792m in length with 60 granite arches, it's one of the longest bridges built by the Romans. It was constructed in …
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Museo Nacional de Arte Romano

Even if you visit only a handful of Mérida's sights, make sure one of them is this fabulous museum, which has a superb three-floor collection of statues, busts, mosaics, frescoes, coins, pottery and other Roman arte…
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This large Islamic fort was built in the mid-9th century on a site already occupied by the Romans and Visigoths, probably becoming the first ever alcazaba in Al-Andalus. In the middle of the sprawling complex, its p…
Ruins in Mérida

Casa del Mitreo

Beside Mérida's Plaza de Toros, the Casa del Mitreo is a late-1st- or 2nd-century Roman house with a well-preserved fresco and several intricate mosaics. Among the mosaics you'll find the partial but beautiful remai…
Ruins in Mérida

Circo Romano

The 1st-century Circo Romano could accommodate 30,000 spectators. Discovered in the 16th century, its remains represent the only surviving hippodrome of its kind in Spain. In the attached interpretive centre you can…
Ruin in Mérida

Cripta de Santa Eulalia

This basilica was built in the 5th century in honour of Mérida's pat­ron saint, who is said to have been martyred in the 4th century. It was then reconstructed in the 13th century. The modern-day church is closed to…
Ruins in Mérida


Attached to the grand Teatro Romano, the (slightly less dazzling) Anfiteatro opened in 8 BC for gladiatorial contests and held 14,000; the gladiator-versus-lion fresco in the Museo Nacional de Arte Romano was taken …
Museum in Mérida

Museo de Arte Visigodo

Many of the Visigothic objects unearthed in Mérida are exhibited in this archaeological museum, set inside a 16th-century church-convent just off the Plaza de España. It's a fascinating (Spanish-language) insight in…
Ruins in Mérida

Los Columbarios

This garden-fringed Roman funeral site contains two well-preserved 4th-century crypts and is decently documented (in Spanish) and illustrated. A footpath connects it with the 2nd-century Roman Casa del Mitreo.