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BILBILIS AUGUSTA

 

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BILBILIS IN THE CLASSICAL SOURCES

 

 

 

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

Museum of Calatayud.

(Photo:  Roberto Lérida Lafarga 16/03/2008)

THERMAE

URBANIZATION

WALLS

FORUM

HOUSES

THEATRE

MUSEUM OF CALATAYUD

 

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On the Bambola hill, about 6 km far away from Calatayud, dominating the Jalon valley 200 metres high, it is located the archaeological site of Bilbilis Augusta.  In 1931 it was declared Historical-Artistic Monument; between the years 1976-1980 the Estate expropriated the lands where the site is located; in 1985 it was declared Good of Cultural Interes; and in 2003 it was established an area to protect its sitting.

Probable one of the more important aspects of this site is the fact that nothing was built over it, but it was used as agricultural land, although some architectonic elements of the site were used along the history to build some constructions in Calatayud and Huermeda; at the same time over the site there were made some terraces to agricultural use that modified the physiognomy of the site.  Other interesting element is the fact that the site has a rural aspect, because it is located on the slopes of a hill (the poet Martial, born in Bilbilis, called it as acri monte, “steep mountain”), and its extension, which reached about 30 hectares (74.130 acres).