Volubilis main monuments

The vestiges of the site extend over four distinct areas:

Southern district:

Through the southeast gate, we enter the southernmost district which consists of several residential units, whose plan reveals the modesty of its occupants. Nonetheless, it contains one of the most beautiful and sumptuous residences of Volubilis, the House of Orpheus, whose plan and decor are reminiscent of the homes in the northern district of the city.

 

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The Monumental Quarter

The main roads of the city converge towards the monumental area that contains: The Forum, the public and administrative space, paved with large slabs, occupying an area of 1300 m². This area is surrounded by pedestals thatsupported honorary statues.

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The Monumental Quarter

The Basilica, the seat of justice, consists of three naves framed by columns with Corinthian capitals.

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The Capitol is the official temple which was dedicated to the Capitoline Triad: Jupiter, Juno and Minerva.

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The triumphal arch was built by the community in honor of the Emperor Caracalla and his mother Julia Domna. It opens onto the main street of the city: the decumanus maximus.

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The Northeast Quarter

The northeast residential area extends from the Triumphal Arch to the Tangier Gate. Built in Roman times, from the first century on, the homes in this area of the city offer an exceptional regularity and are richly decorated and carefully ordered. They are characterized by their large size, almost always with galleries laid out around an open courtyard or peristyle. The finest of them (the House of Ephebe, the House of the Labors of Hercules, House of Columns, and the House of Venus) offer many mosaics that are rich in stories.

Mosaic of the bath of Venus, the House of Venus:

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West Quarter

This area, which extends down the slope to the west of the city, is separated from the rest of the city by a later enclosure. The excavations that have been carried out there reveal Roman houses, a later neighborhood around the Wadi Khoumane as well as an Idrisid hammam, a spa (Hamam) and several buildings of the Islamic period.

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