Roman Ruins of Milreu, Portugal

The Roman villa in Milreu dates back to the 1st century AD. However, these initial constructions remain to be dug and most of what can be seen dates from the 3rd century AD. The villa is organised around a peristyle which would have 22 columns. It was decorated with mosaics depicting maritime motifs. In the 6th century, the pagan temple was converted into a Christian church. The premises were later used as a Muslim cemetery.It is likely that the site was only abandoned in the 10th century when the vaults of the religious monument collapsed. In the 16th century, a rural house was built; it is a unique example of the Algarvian civil architecture of the period.

Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. // 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. (6.30 May to Sep)
Entrance fee: €2
How to get there: From Faro, take bus 65.


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