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ROMAN MAUSOLEUMS OF BAJO ARAGÓN

 

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MAUSOLEUM OF FABARA

(Foto: Roberto Lérida Lafarga 01/03/2008)

MAUSOLEUM OF CHIPRANA

TOMB OF MIRALPEIX

 

Like in the case of the Cinco Villas, the Bajo Aragon is located in lands with a rich agricultural power; so, some villae and townships were developed around agricultural exploitations.  Also in both areas some funerary monuments and mausoleums had been discovered, that makes them similar.  While in the Cinco Villas we can visit the Mausoleums of the Atilii and of the Synagogue and the sarcophagus of Castiliscar and Sofuentes, in the case of the Bajo Aragon we can see the Mausoleums of Fabara and Chiprana and the Tomb of Miralpeix.

The Romans could not bury people inside their cities nor in their villae in general; they used to bury the mortal remains of their dead along their roads outside the cities.  In the case of the mausoleums in the Bajo Aragon these must have been located in the Roman road that connected Tarraco (the modern Tarragona), Ilerda (Lérida) and Caesar Augusta (Zaragoza), wandering parallel along the Ebro river.