“Enjoy the stories told in the mosaics. Simple portraits, horses, and numerous hunting scenes illustrate the daily routine in this town during Roman times.” —Rick Steves
Beautifully preserved Roman ruins were some of the last things I expected to see in Portugal. Conímbriga was a delightful surprise.
Our group visited on another 40-degree C day, en route to Coimbra, and several in our group chose to participate only in the indoor (and therefore cooler) portion of the visit. Those of us who continued to the outdoor ruins were treated to some beautifully restored tiled floors.
Conímbriga was developed between late 1st and early 3rd centuries. It was occupied by Roman troops in 139 BC and ultimately "suffered the consequences of the barbaric invasions," according to the website.
This face set in tile in one of the floors at Conímbriga got me wondering: Who was she patterned after? What kind of person was she? What was life like for her? Ancient ruins opens a fascinating window to history.
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