The Roman conquest and occupation.

In the year 123 BC. the Senate of Rome organizes an expedition directed by Quinto Cecilio Metelo, which later got the name "The Balearic ", with the purpose of conquering the Balearic Islands and thus ending the piracy acts that were taking place along the coasts frequented by the increasing Roman sea trade.

The irruption of the Latin culture, not only in Pollentia but on the whole island, implied the incorporation to a unit of superior organization, the Republican Rome.

We have to suppose that the foundation of Pollentia was carried out at all times with the corresponding rituals of foundation, directed by the augur, and that their city-planning development was subject to a plan as the archaeological sources show. The result was a planned city, with neat streets, sewers and even drinking water provision. Pollentia reached its maximum development during the 1st and the 2nd century BC, with the construction of the Theater on the outskirts, next to the harbour.

From the 3rd century BC and together with the general crisis of the empire, the city starts a slow backward movement that ends up with its desertion in the early 5th century.

The Latin culture has left its stamp in the whole Mediterranean. Our language, the laws, the uses and customs that last until today are a good proof of it.

The City of Pollentia is an obligatory reference to understand the process of romanisation of the Balearics and constitute a únicum in the Balearic archaeology , which started already in the 18th century, with the first accidental find, to the present time with the excavation campaigns that are carried out every year in Pollentia site. These campaigns help us to know more about it.

Opening hours

Roman City of Pollentia
From October to April
Open from Tuesday to Friday from 10'00 to 16'00
Saturday and Sunday open from 10'00 to 14'00
Mondays and bank holidays closed.
From May to Septembre
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9'30 to 20'00h
Mondays and bank holidays closed.
Tel. (+34) 971 18 42 11 and (+34) 971 54 70 04
www.pollentia.net
patrimoni@alcudia.net

Monographic Museum of Pollentia
From October to April
Open from Tuesday to Friday from 10'00 to 16'00
Saturday and Sunday open from 10'00 to 14'00
Mondays and bank holidays closed.
From May to Septembre
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9'30 to 20'00h
Mondays and bank holidays closed.
C/ Sant Jaume, 30. CP: 07400. Alcúdia
Tel. (+34) 971 54 70 04
www.pollentia.net
patrimoni@alcudia.net

How to get there

By car, on foot or by bicycle
- La Portella is in the Avinguda del Príncep d'Espanya opposite Sant Jaume's church, in Alcúdia centre.
- The Monographic Museum of Pollentia is in the Avinguda del Príncep d'Espanya at the backside of Sant Jaume's church, in Carrer Sant Jaume 30.

Bus
Autocares Mallorca Mallorca to Alcúdia Centre
www.autocaresmallorca.com

Taxi
Ask the taxidriver for Alcúdia Centre/ Pollentia
- Taxis Amics d´Alcúdia. Tel. (+34) 971 54 96 91
- Taxis d´Alcúdia. Tel. (+34) 971 54 97 66 y (+34) 971 54 98 70

 
 

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