Roman Provincial Forum (Mérida)
|Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida|
|Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List|
|UNESCO region||Europe and North America|
|Inscription||1993 (17th Session)|
The Roman Provincial Forum is an archaeological area in Mérida, Spain, built in the 1st century AD. It was a public area of the Roman city of Emerita Augusta, founded in 25 BC. The title of "provincial" came from the city's role as the capital of the province of Lusitania. Together with the Roman Forum and other Roman edifices in the city, it was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993.
The temple received a massive marble decoration during the reign of emperor Claudius.
The Forum consisted of a large square sided by a monumental portico, with a large temple in the middle, which was accessed through the Arch of Trajan.
- triumphal Arch of Trajan, situated at the end of the cardo maximum (the main road of Emerita Augusta). Built in granite, it is 13.97 m. It was originally covered with marble.
- a temple built under the reign of Tiberius
- Official Mérida webpage (Spanish)