Sail the Iberian Peninsula - 2019


This small Spanish city is a UNESCO World Heritage site because it is the only place in the world completely surrounded by an intact 3 rd Century Roman circular wall. The wall was constructed between 263 and 276 A.D. and is built of granite interior and exterior walls with the space between filled with gravel, pebbles, sand and reworked Roman stones. The dimensions are: 14 feet width and varying height between 26 and 39 ft. high. The wall is punctured by 10 gates, 5 of which are Roman ones and the others of more modern vintage to accommodate city growth, advent of cars, and population increase. The area enclosed is 85 acres.

Mina Gate: Porto Mina

Several stairways and a ramp now lead to the top of the wall whose 6960 ft. can be completely circumambulated on a smooth gravel pathway. Overlooks from the top of the wall reveal many of the important buildings within the enclosure: The Cathedral of Santa Maria de Lugo, the Episcopal Palace, the Town Hall, several lovely plazas, modern shops, restaurants, and houses built with “their backs to the wall.”

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