In the north of the island of Majorca is the Roman city of Pollentia, a site that houses some of the most important vestiges of this civilization that can been visited today, permitting the study and knowledge of what the capital of the Balearic Isles was like in the first century. Four zones can be distinguished in these ruins, which date from 123 B.C.: the residential zone, the Forum, the Theater and the Monograph Museum.
La Portella is the residential zone and is made up of the ruins of three houses. The House of the Two Treasures, whose floor is completely preserved; the House of the Bronze Head, whose floor is not intact but which is considerably larger than the former; and the North East House, which was found to be uninhabited and built over with a third century wall and some workshops.
The Forum was the civic, religious and commercial center of the city. Here can be found ruins of the Capitol Temple, dedicated to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva, next to two smaller shrines. There is also a tavern zone that formed part of the Forum, where the excavations are concentrated today.
The Theater was the leisure center of the city. Semi-circular in shape, it still retains part of the auditorium or stands, the orchestra pit and the stage. Strangely, remains of a necropolis have been found above these ruins.
But the Pollentia Monograph Museum is where most of the excavated pieces are kept. Located in an old 15th century building, formerly a hospital, in the center of the town of Alcúdia, it houses an important collection of ceramics and pieces of glass and jewelery that is open to the public. Also of note are three marble statues and a bronze head, after which one of the houses is named.
If you go to Majorca, make sure to visit the island’s Roman heritage at Pollentia.
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