The Museum of the Roman Villas and the Roman Villa of Almenara-Puras (Valladolid) are the main tourist interest areas in Castile and Leon, promoted by the Province of Valladolid.
The museum complex is formed of two complementary buildings: the Museum of Roman Villas, the first touristic cultural space of this type which can be visited in Spain; the second building covers the recovered remains of the luxurious manor house of the Roman Villa of Almenara-Puras.
THE MUSEUM Audio-visuals, models, explanatory panels, dioramas, reproductions and original pieces from the excavations at the Roman Villa of Almenara - Puras places the visitor in the historical context of the villas. The Museum of Roman Villas offers a complete overview of the Roman rustic life. Its contents explain how life was in the countryside era with the most characteristic rural constructions: the villas.
A type of Roman villa and types of villas 2. Economic activity in the villas 3. Villas and nature 4. Leisure 5. Religion 6. The glow of the sunset The museum is 1.800 m2 and contains a permanent exhibition hall, auditorium, shop, cafeteria, library and other facilities, which makes it an essential point of reference on the subject of regional and national level. This museum, opened to the public in May 2003, it is the first tourist-cultural centre of its kind in Spain. Its primary objective is both recovery and consolidation of the valuable archaeological remains, which contains the dissemination of the knowledge that they provide. With this intention it has been fitted with a wide range of facilities including a museum space, where data and information are provided to better understand the context in which these archaeological sites are located and the area reclaimed from the Roman villa.
The tour of the house takes place on a raised walkway, which allows a full view of the villa; the itinerary shows the distribution of the different courtyards and rooms with mosaic or mortar floors, with part of the original paintings still attached to the wall.The house was built in the 4th century and inhabited until the 5th century. It has two courtyards, which surround 30 large rooms; of which almost half are paved with mosaic floors. There are also baths, which are accessed through a corridor ending in a large triobular hall.Furthermore there are dioramas, which show how the walls were built, the paintings on the walls, the roofing and mosaics, as well as the process of excavation and archaeological recovery.
THE ROMAN HOUSE
The Roman House forms part of the tourist and cultural appeal of the entire Roman Villa Museum. It is a recreation of an imperial luxurious residence from the 4th and 5th century AD.
Visited through eight themed spaces, in which the environment has been developed to accurately represent each era.
THEMED CHILDREN''S PARK In the themed children''s park, after visiting the Museum of Roman Villas, children can continue learning about the culture and life of the Roman Villa in an amusing way. They live the Roman life within a villa, with its main elements and activities as shown in the Museum.
For this, the park is based on the following elements:
Area to sit and learn.
AQUEDUCT Space for physical movement.
Area of communication and imagination.
CONSTRUCTION AREA AND ROMAN VILLAGE An ideal space for little ones to play in, with sand and water areas.
TEMPLE IN RUINS
Other decorative elements adapted to the more adventurous games, a crocodile and horse with a Roman chariot.