What is it?
The Roman town of Pol·lèntia was founded in 123BC and is located in the southern side of the historical centre of Alcúdia. According to archaeologists, the town stretches over around 16-18 hectares. Currently there are various areas which have been excavated and we can see the aspects that made up daily life in the town during the Roman era.
The route plan goes around some of the most interesting points that have been preserved from the Roman era – the residential area, the forum and the amphitheatre. It is also possible to visit the Pol·lèntia Monographic Museum.
Roman Town of Pol·lèntia and Pol·lèntia Monographic Museum:
From October to April: Monday to Friday from 9.30 to 15.30. Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, closed.
From May to September: Tuesday to Sunday from 09.30 to 20.00. Mondays and public holidays, closed.
General: € 4
Reduced (from 8 to 25 years old, over 65, unemployed and disabled people with accreditation of 33-65%): € 2.50
Schools: € 1.50
Children from 0 to 7 years old: free
People with disabilities + 65%: free
Guided tour price:
Guided schools: € 2.50
Senior and cultural: € 4
Location and contact:
C/ de Sant Jaume, 30, 07400 Alcúdia
Telephone (Roman town): +34 971 184 211
Telephone (Monographic Museum): +34 971 547 004
Web site: www.pollentia.net
Available public transport
|Monday to Friday|
The start point is La Portella, a residential area from the Roman era that is next to the church of Sant Jaume, just 100 metres from the main public transport stop in Alcúdia (C/ dels Prínceps d’Espanya). You can see the Dos Tresors, Nord-oest and Cap de Bronze houses here. The foundations of the Dos Tresors house are preserved and the domus romana structure can be traced, with rooms organised around an atrium, or interior patio. The Cap de Bronze house is a much bigger domus although the complete foundations do not remain. It was probably peristyle (with an arched courtyard and a well). There is also an area with workshops and a 3rd Century town wall built over the ruins of the Nord-oest house which it crosses over.
A walkway gives access to the Pol·lèntia forum. This space was the civic, religious and commercial centre. From here, remains of the Capitoline temple which was dedicated to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva can be seen. On the eastern side of the temple there are two smaller temples (shrine I and shrine II) and an area of taverns which also formed the commercial side of the forum.
From the forum we go on to the Roman amphitheatre. This was built in the 1st Century AD and was a leisure centre for the population. It still retains its semi-circular shape, part of the grandstands, the orchestra pit and the stage. Remains of a necropolis on top of the theatre’s structure can also be seen.
To get to the Pol·lèntia Monographic Museum we need to go back on the same path, going up the avenue as far as the church of Sant Jaume. The museum is behind it (c/ de Sant Jaume, 30) in the 14th Century old hospital building. The museum has an exhibition of the pieces found in the excavations carried out in the area. There is an important collection of ceramics, glass objects, jewellery, etc. The three marble sculptures found in the forum are also worth a mention as is the bronze woman’s head which gave its name to one of the houses (“Cap de Bronze”) where it was found. The museum also has a space given over to the necropolis inscribed with the name Cornelius Atticus.