The Milreu Roman Ruins sit just out Faro near the village of Estoi. Archaeologist Estacio da Veiga discovered in 1877 the site. Evidence suggests the site was originally a farm house built in the first century. In the third century, the structure has been turned into luxurious villa, featuring bathrooms and bathrooms covered in marine theme mosaics. Remains of a century church will also be on the website. And, it appears the site was utilized for Muslim burials.

The wealth of the ancient Ossonoba’s population is quite evident in the Roman Villa of Milreu situated in Estoi (9 km from Faro), in which three imperial busts were found: Agrippina (1st century AD), Hadrian (2nd century AD) and Gallienus (3rd century AD).

The other intriguing aspects of the Milreu Roman Ruins destroys would be the colonnade using 22-columns and 2 burial chambers that were located along one of the side’s of the courtyard. Additionally, there are signs that the Romans had a evolved water supply-and-drainage system. One of this manor house’s features is the use of striking, patterned mosaics depicting marine life and stone such as marble.


Even the Milreu Roman Ruins (Ruinas Romanas de Milreu) are still an important Portuguese archaeological site from the Algarve home remains dating from the first to the sixth centuries AD.

Farm turned in the third century, the Roman Ruins of Milreu are broad and include a temple and a bathrooms complex buildings – with a number of the rooms – as well as mosaics.

The Milreu Roman ruins are a treasure in one’s heart of the most beautiful regions of Portugal — the Algarve. Situated just outside Faro and close to the charming Estoi village, the Milreu ruins are regarded as among the most significant finds in the Algarve region.

The fish mosaics in the bathing chambers (to the west of the villa’s courtyard), provide a tantalising glimpse of the villa’s former glory. The remains of the bathing rooms also incorporate the apodyterium (changing room; notice the arched niches and benches for clothing and post-bath massage) and the frigidarium, which had a marble basin to maintain cold water for cooling off after a bath.

There was a mausoleum inserted, and also in the 6th century the temple was converted into a church, and in the 8th century it was converted into a mosque. From the 10th century it dropped, possibly due to an earthquake, and the site was abandoned.

The entire site is set in lovely countryside complete with orange trees and a visit to the Milreu Roman Ruins could be used with seeing the Palácio do Visconde de Estói, now a restored Pousada, but previously a late 18th century Rococo palace, constructed on the design of the palace at Queluz, near Lisbon, from the Duke of Estói. The parish church in the main square in Estói, São Martinho, can be worth a peek if it’s open.

The Milreu destroys, a heritage site of today, were once part of a 3rd century, luxury manor house, which was converted into a flourishing farm. According to some historical accounts, the manor-turned-farm abandoned its pagan status in favor of Christianity in the 6th century. Interestingly, the ruins were used as a burial site for the Muslims.


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