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If you like Roman ruins visit Merida, Spain

1st century BC Temple of Diana is the only religious building among the Roman sights in Merida

1st century BC Temple of Diana is the only religious building among the Roman sights in Merida

Merida is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has the most impressive and extensive Roman ruins in all of Spain

Merida is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has the most impressive and extensive Roman ruins in all of Spain

Casa del Metreo is a 2nd century Roman house with well-preserved frescoes; this one was especially colorful and complex describing the creation of the world

Casa del Metreo is a 2nd century Roman house with well-preserved frescoes; this one was especially colorful and complex describing the creation of the world

Roman Bridge was built in 25 BC when the city was founded; in the distance you see the modern Santiago Calatrava bridge spanning the Rio Guadiana

Roman Bridge was built in 25 BC when the city was founded; in the distance you see the modern Santiago Calatrava bridge spanning the Rio Guadiana

Aqueduct of Los Milagros; built between the 1st century BC and 3rd century AD; it's 830 meters long and 25 meters high

Aqueduct of Los Milagros; built between the 1st century BC and 3rd century AD; it's 830 meters long and 25 meters high

The only surviving hippodrome in Spain; the 1st century Circo Romano could seat 30,000 spectators

The only surviving hippodrome in Spain; the 1st century Circo Romano could seat 30,000 spectators

Easy to see why they needed aqueducts with this pitiful river, it looks more like a bayou; city is capital of Extremedura province

Easy to see why they needed aqueducts with this pitiful river, it looks more like a bayou; city is capital of Extremedura province

1914 Plaza de Toros; sights spread out across town; you have to wonder what Roman ruins still remain buried beneath modern buildings

1914 Plaza de Toros; sights spread out across town; you have to wonder what Roman ruins still remain buried beneath modern buildings

Anfiteatro; I bought the 15 euro ticket that included all of Merida's Roman sites; unfortunately they are spread out all over the city and I ended the day utterly exhausted

Anfiteatro; I bought the 15 euro ticket that included all of Merida's Roman sites; unfortunately they are spread out all over the city and I ended the day utterly exhausted

Anfiteatro entrance; still amazed at how many Spaniards smoke, young and old; tons of banks even after their financial crisis

Anfiteatro entrance; still amazed at how many Spaniards smoke, young and old; tons of banks even after their financial crisis

15 BC Teatro Romano is the city's highlight; it would seat 6000 with the more wealthy in the lower seats and the slaves in the upper seats

15 BC Teatro Romano is the city's highlight; it would seat 6000 with the more wealthy in the lower seats and the slaves in the upper seats

Casa del Metreo mosaics; city does not seem to be doing well; lots of for rent signs; stores had dated products; even lots of dog poo on the sidewalks

Casa del Metreo mosaics; city does not seem to be doing well; lots of for rent signs; stores had dated products; even lots of dog poo on the sidewalks

Roman Theater stage; city founded in 25 BC by Emperor Augustus; today the city has about 60,000 residents

Roman Theater stage; city founded in 25 BC by Emperor Augustus; today the city has about 60,000 residents

Portico del Foro is 1st century BC entrance to the municipal forum where the government was based

Portico del Foro is 1st century BC entrance to the municipal forum where the government was based

Impressive Temple of Diana; picked up a couple of informative maps from the tourist office but they weren't always accurate causing lots of extra walking

Impressive Temple of Diana; picked up a couple of informative maps from the tourist office but they weren't always accurate causing lots of extra walking

Anfiteatro opened in 8 BC to host gladiator competitions; it would seat 14,000 people

Anfiteatro opened in 8 BC to host gladiator competitions; it would seat 14,000 people

792 meters long with 60 granite arches, the bridge is one of the longest built by the Romans and is the longest one still surviving

792 meters long with 60 granite arches, the bridge is one of the longest built by the Romans and is the longest one still surviving

Alcazaba was built in 835 AD and was probably the first alcazaba built in Andalucia

Alcazaba was built in 835 AD and was probably the first alcazaba built in Andalucia

Monumental Roman fountain; often the ruins required some creativity to envision them in their original condition; the signs at the sites were in English which helped

Monumental Roman fountain; often the ruins required some creativity to envision them in their original condition; the signs at the sites were in English which helped

16th century aqueduct built over the ruins of a first century aqueduct; the city was supplied with water during Roman times from 3 different aqueducts

16th century aqueduct built over the ruins of a first century aqueduct; the city was supplied with water during Roman times from 3 different aqueducts

Basilica of St. Eulalia (Merida's patron saint); underneath are a 4th century Christian cemetery and a 5th century church

Basilica of St. Eulalia (Merida's patron saint); underneath are a 4th century Christian cemetery and a 5th century church

Amazing stage of the Teatro Romano; it still hosts performances during the summer

Amazing stage of the Teatro Romano; it still hosts performances during the summer

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