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Tour of the Roman Empire of the Crystal

The Roman City of Segóbriga was the capital of the mining district of Lapis Specularis (a variety of Plaster, which forms laminar glass). This mineral was used as a window pane and became a luxury item, until the laminated glass was developed and took its place. In that period, Segóbriga became one of the most prosperous and monumental cities of Roman Hispania (only seven cities in Hispania had Theater, Amphitheater and Circus). With the appearance of laminar glass and the end of the Lapis Specularis demand, Segóbriga's economy collapsed.

Mines of Lapis Spacularis. We will visit examples of those mines that made Segóbriga and its mining district, one of the most prosperous areas of the Roman Empire. We will see how this crystal was extracted and how the miners lived and worked.

Villa of Noheda. Finally, we will visit the archaeological park of the Villa de Noheda, where we can admire one of the largest preserved mosaics in the Roman world.

per adult from

$81

AUD

Duration

6 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • Tickets
    • Entry or admission fee
    • Guide specialized in history and archeology.
    • Pick up from the hotel
    • Transport
    • Entry/Admission - Segobriga Archaeological Park
    • Entry/Admission - Mina de Lapis Specularis
    What's excluded :
    • This is a typical itinerary for this product

      Stop At: Segobriga Archaeological Park, Carretera Carrascosa s/n, 16430 Saelices Spain

      Roman City of Segobriga. This Archaeological site is one of the most important and best preserved Roman remains in Spain. The Roman City of Segobriga was the commercial and economic center of the Lapis Specularis mining. Lapis Specularis is a variety of gypsum that form crystal sheets and were used as the first window panes in history. The Lapis Specularis became much in demand by the wealthiest families of the empire, and the economic growth allowed the monumentalization of the city. There were only seven Roman cities in Hispania with Theater, Amphitheater and Circus, and Segobriga was one of them. The economy of the city collapsed when the technique of manufacturing glass in sheets was developed and demand of the Lapis Specularis ceased.

      Duration: 2 hours

      Stop At: Segobriga Archaeological Park, Carretera Carrascosa s/n, 16430 Saelices Spain

      Roman City of Segobriga. This Archaeological site is one of the most important and best preserved Roman remains in Spain. The Roman City of Segobriga was the commercial and economic center of the Lapis Specularis mining. Lapis Specularis is a variety of gypsum that form crystal sheets and were used as the first window panes in history. The Lapis Specularis became much in demand by the wealthiest families of the empire, and the economic growth allowed the monumentalization of the city. There were only seven Roman cities in Hispania with Theater, Amphitheater and Circus, and Segobriga was one of them. The economy of the city collapsed when the technique of manufacturing glass in sheets was developed and demand of the Lapis Specularis ceased.

      Duration: 2 hours

      Stop At: Mina de Lapis Specularis, 16500 Huete Spain

      Lapis Specularis Mines. We will visit some of those mines that made Segobriga and its region great. Here we will discover how this crystal was mined from its natural site, how they worked in the mines, and how the miners who worked there lived

      Duration: 30 minutes

      Stop At: Mina de Lapis Specularis, 16500 Huete Spain

      Lapis Specularis Mines. We will visit some of those mines that made Segobriga and its region great. Here we will discover how this crystal was mined from its natural site, how they worked in the mines, and how the miners who worked there lived

      Duration: 30 minutes

      Stop At: Villa de Noheda, 16191 Villar de Domingo Garcia, Cuenca Spain

      We can contemplate one of the largest mosaics in the entire Roman Empire. Although it is still in the recovery and conditioning phase, we can observe the mosaic in its entirety

      Duration: 30 minutes

      Stop At: Villa de Noheda, 16191 Villar de Domingo Garcia, Cuenca Spain

      We can contemplate one of the largest mosaics in the entire Roman Empire. Although it is still in the recovery and conditioning phase, we can observe the mosaic in its entirety

      Duration: 30 minutes

    • Departure Point :
      Traveler pickup is offered
      AVE stationUnnamed Road 16003, 16003, Cuenca, Spain.Cuenca Bus StationCalle Fermín Caballero, 20, 16004 Cuenca, Spain.Green River HostelAv. Virgen de la Luz, 15, 16002 Cuenca, Spain.Calderón HostelAv. Virgen de la Luz, 3, 16002 Cuenca, Spain.Meeting point MadridCalle de Ferraz, nº 22, 28008 Madrid, Spain.Supermarket La DespensaAv. San Ignacio de Loyola, 23, 16002 Cuenca, Spain.
      Departure Time :
      9:00 AM
      Return Detail :
      -
      Hotel Pickup :
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    Language

    English - Guide

    Age Req.

    -

    Fitness Req.

    None

    Group Size

    7

    Organised by Cuenqueando

    Activity ID: V-126553P10

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