And then Bam! Roman Temple in the Middle of a House

This is my third (technically fourth) trip to Barcelona. It doesn’t get old. Someday I hope it will serve as a new home once San Francisco has played its purpose for me. Due to the whole Christmas holiday, I haven’t really spent all that much time in Barcelona proper though. There were only two days this week that I really got to wander around and take in the sights. This wasn’t too much of a big deal as I was pretty sick during this time and like I said, I’d also been to Barcelona before, which means that I’ve covered all the main touristic attractions.
There is a wonderful secret beauty in visiting a city that’s been in existence for over 2,000 years in that hidden gems are are always waiting to be discovered for the patient wanderer. While it’s very easy to see the old traces of Barcino in the old Roman Wall and chunks of aqueducts that still exist, the hidden parts can be a bit tougher to find, or so I thought. Upon having breakfast with a new acquaintance, I found out about a Roman temple that was inside another building. This didn’t really sound very impressive as there are old chunks of the old city embedded in nearly every house in the old town. Regardless, I set out to find this place.
Down on Paradís, 10 you see a sign in to Centre Excursionista de Catalunya. There is also an older sign that says something about Roman columns being there too. You head in and instead of making a left in to the offices, you make a right in to a room that suddenly opens up to a 15 meter skylight ceiling with four massive Roman columns in the middle of it. It’s wild and almost seems like a college prank until you read the history on the plaques in the room.
It turns out that these columns are real columns that have been in the exact same spot for about 2,000 years, built as a tribute to Augustus. They were part of the original Roman temple that stood in that very place. The building that you stand in was actually completely surrounding the columns and had encased them until an innovative fellow carved the columns back out a few decades ago so that they would be seen again.
Sure, in reality, it’s a few old columns standing in a room, but what’s cool about it is that these columns are presented in a way that is really impressive, it’s free to see, and it’s quite free of tourists. Sure, a few people pop in, look at them and then take off once they’ve checked this item off their to-do list. But as you can tell in my writing an entire article about them, they’re still quite impressive if you happen to like history and Roman shizbang presented in a classy manner.
And then Bam!  Roman Temple in the Middle of a House

One Reply to “And then Bam! Roman Temple in the Middle of a House”

  1. Glad you liked them! They look even prettier after a couple of tasty croissants.

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