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A Few More Mosaics from Sicily

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Roman Spa Life: Villa Romana del Casale (Motherland Tour Stop 5)

Here are a few more shots of the intricate mosaics from the Roman  spa that had been hidden for 700 years before being discovered by local farmers.

From the prior post:

Hidden in a wooded valley 3 km southwest of Piazza Amerina lies the Unesco-listed Villa Romana del Casale, a lavish ancient Roman villa which is decorated with the richest, largest, and most complex collection of Roman floor mosaics in the world! The villa was thought to have been built around the early 4th century AD, and was presumed to have been the country retreat of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Maximianus.

The site was abandoned in the 12th century when a massive landslide buried the entire villa under up to 10m of mud, where it then remained (protected from the destructive elements and looters) for almost 700 years. It was not until the 1950’s that serious excavation work  began to uncover the remains. What was discovered was the most elaborate collection of Roman mosaics in the world. Covering the entire floor of the villa, they are renowned for their vivid detail and intricate design as well as the range of subject matter and color.

Here is a link to the original post describing the site. 

Click here to redirect to Stop #1 of the Motherland Tour of Sicily

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5 responses

  1. Looks incredible!

    December 19, 2013 at 9:47 am

    • It really was incredible. Amazingly preserved. And I could totally imagine myself chilling out there in the spa too! Thanks

      December 19, 2013 at 9:49 am

  2. Do you know when the mosaics are from? They’re amazing!

    December 20, 2013 at 8:27 am

    • 4th century. They are really amazing. I have never seen anything like it.

      December 20, 2013 at 8:30 am

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