SJ5608 : Wroxeter Roman City (11) - The replica Villa Urbana

taken 10 years ago, near to Wroxeter, Shropshire, Great Britain

Wroxeter Roman City (11) - The replica Villa Urbana
Wroxeter Roman City (11) - The replica Villa Urbana
The replica Villa Urbana based on the design of a villa, whose remains were found on the Wroxeter site, is now open to the public. It has been built on a platform, in order to protect the remains of the Roman Forum, which lie underneath.

The project was undertaken with Channel 4 TV, and understandably they wanted "good television". So builders were engaged who were experienced in building modern houses, but had no knowledge it seems of anything Roman. They were also required to use only materials and tools available to the Romans. Given those circumstances, they are to be congratulated on what they achieved. However, the end product, though fairly convincing at a distance, shows considerable crudeness of construction, and even more so in some of the decoration. It would be a pity if people thought this was how the Romans built. Anyone who has been to a Roman site, where the ruins are still substantial (& Wroxeter isn't one of them), will know the Romans reached amazingly high standards of both workmanship and decoration, particularly in their mosaics. Nevertheless, it is excellent that the villa has been built, as it does give a good approximation of how one would have looked, and hopefully it will encourage people to visit other Roman sites, as well as the superb Corinium Museum in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

How the site looked early in the building process:- SJ5608 : Wroxeter Roman City (07) - construction of a new Roman Villa.
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Saturday, 12 March, 2011   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 16 March, 2011
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