AMPURIAS, Greek ruins in Costa Brava.

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In the year 600 B.C., Greek adventurers from Focea arrived on the Iberian peninsula, settling in EMPORION, the first settlement, located in an island with the name of old town (Palaiapolis). It kept growing until it reached inland (Neapolis). This development was due to the fact that Emporion was located on the route Tartessos-Marseille.

From this time still stand part of the walls of the city, the sanctuaries of Asclepios and Serapis and a few streets that go to the Agora (the main square).

In Roman times, this city was a Greek ally. The Romans arrived on the year 218 B.C., first using it as a base against the Carthaginians, but from that moment it starting becoming part of the Roman Empire. A Roman city was built on the site, with a splendor that made people forget the Greek times.

At the end of the century II A.D., the city started decaying and ended up as a second class city, since Barraco (Barcelona) and Tarraco (Tarragona) had grown a lot, and were far more important.

There are important ruins of this time, like the fabulous pier, the remains of a big wall, the amphitheater and many more. Some mosaics and other art pieces were rescued and today are exhibited in the local museum and in other museums all over Spain.

The site is easily reachable by bus, and in organized tours. The site is impressive, with beautiful views of the ocean.

Ampurias Greek Ruins

Cataluna, Spain

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