The Roman villa of Santa Lucía is known since the 60 years, and has been the subject of several archaeological excavation campaigns.
The Roman villa of Santa Lucía and the archaeological classroom of the church of San Juan
The remains of its excavated rooms are visible in the outskirts of Aguilafuente, a town where the Junta de Castilla y León has installed an Archeology Classroom dedicated to the late Roman villae, rural residences and farms that had a special development in the Hispania of the Lower Empire , from the 4th century AD, and the later Visigothic world with the novelties that the irruption of the new settlers superimposed on the socio-cultural structure of the Hispano-Romans.
The Classroom is set up in the old church of San Juan, cataloged as an asset of cultural interest, of Romanesque structure with reforms of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
In it, it is possible to contemplate a set of mosaics of great importance, fully under imperial and influenced by the iconography of the Roman-African mosaics, integrated in a recreation of the most outstanding rooms of the town. It emphasizes on all the denominated one of the Horses, whose central emblem consisted in origin of four horses tied to two trees, of which remains of two of the figures are conserved.
Different environments have also been reproduced, summarizing the most outstanding characteristics of the rooms in the town of Santa Lucía, as well as paying attention to different aspects of daily life in the Roman villae. The use of Latin, kitchenware, fashions and utensils of common use are treated from the didactic point of view and the presentation allows, in certain cases, the manipulation by the visitor.
Finally, a recreation of the main characteristics of the Visigothic cemetery that extended over the remains of the town of Santa Lucia, after the ruin of this one has been carried out.
Access and conditions of visit
- The villa is located at 2 km from Aguilafuente, on the Turégano road, and your visit is free.
- The classroom has visiting hours. Information in the building itself or in the town hall.