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Remains of the Temple of Mars

The basilica of Santa Eulalia in Mérida contains the remains of the Roman temple of Mars in its atrium, known as "el hornito".

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Avda. Extremadura, 3
06800 Mérida , Badajoz (Extremadura)

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  • The basilica of Santa Eulalia in Mérida contains the remains of the Roman temple of Mars in its atrium, known as "el hornito".

    The remains of the Temple of Mars in Mérida form part of the architectural site of the basilica of Santa Eulalia, as a small building is found in its atrium, known as the "hornito" of Santa Eulalia, which was built using different remnants of the Roman building.

    This church was the first Christian temple erected in Hispania after the Peace of Emperor Constantine and it was constructed in memory of Eulalia of Mérida. The martyrdom suffered by this saint circulated throughout the Roman Empire and numerous churches were built all over Europe with her relics. In ancient times the church formed part of the Vatican's heritage and is now World Heritage, as part of the Archaeological Site of Mérida.

    The original construction, the Temple of Mars, was raised in the 4th century on the outskirts of the town, and many of its remains can be seen in the "hornito", which dates back to the 13th century. A space that is a place of pilgrimage for people from Mérida, as it is an oratory dedicated to the martyr Saint Eulalia, the city's patron saint.

  • Construction:
  • Temple
  • Period in history:
  • Various periods
  • Various styles
  • Romanisation
  • 13th century

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