Roman Provincial Forum (Mérida)

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Merida Arco de Trajano.JPG
Arch of Trajan of Mérida.

Type Cultural
Criteria iii, iv
Reference 664
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
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.

Edifices included:

  • 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

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Coordinates: 38°55′01.2″N 6°20′35.3″W / 38.917000°N 6.343139°W / 38.917000; -6.343139