A visit to Pollentia, located near the city of Alcúdia, is a stroll through the everyday lives of the Romans on the island. This is the best conserved Roman complex on Mallorca, built after Quintus Caecilius Metellus conquered it in 123 BC.
A visit to Pollentia, located near the city of Alcúdia, is a stroll through the everyday lives of the Romans on the island. This is the best conserved Roman complex on Mallorca, built after Quintus Caecilius Metellus conquered it in 123 BC. It is built on a lovely site, in the middle of the peninsula that separates the bays of Pollença and Alcúdia, and it came to grow larger than other known Roman nuclei, such as Palma. During the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, it must have been a bustling, active city that was well-connected by both sea and land.
Almost 100 years of excavations have revealed different aspects of citizenship of this city that have enabled us to reconstruct how they lived and what took place in an ancient Roman city. You can visit houses that exemplify the different types of domestic architecture, such as the Casa de los Dos Tesoros (House of Two Treasures) – with an atrium in the middle – and the larger Casa de la Cabeza de Bronce (House of the Bronze Head), which conserves part of a peristyle. The city was very well organised through a orderly grid of streets, two of which are still preserved. The entire area was surrounded by walls, a fragment of which can still be seen.
In the centre of the city was the public square, the civic and administrative centre of Pollentia. Here, the remains of three temples have been found, the most important of which is a “Capitolio” (Capitol), which, located on a platform, was a true urban landmark. To the west there was an area of shops and workshops. And on the outskirts of the city is the theatre whose bleachers were carved out of the rock.