Plan your visit to the Archaeological Site of Numancia in Soria: Description, schedules, ticket prices, deeds and history of Numancia, activities
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The siege and fall of Numancia is one of the most documented episodes of our Roman past. The Numancia site is described in the Roman archives as the heroic resistance of a town that forced the all-powerful Rome to deploy 60,000 soldiers and perform an impressive engineering work to defeat about 2,500 Numantinos.
After 15 months without water or food, the Numantinos preferred to commit suicide rather than surrender to the Romans. The expression “Numantine resistance” perfectly defines this episode.
An unfair war
In spite of the continuous abuses of the Roman administrators, the Celtiberia lived in a tense peace. The pretext used by the Romans to declare war occurred in the city of Segeda (very close to the current Calatayud). This city was increasing its population and building a new wall, although the Romans forbade the Celtiberians to found new cities or expand existing ones.
In 154 B.C. The Senate sent Fulvio Nobilior with an army of 30,000 soldiers against the Segedeans. Having the city without fortification, they asked for welcome to the Numantinos, who received them as allies and friends. So Numancia became the epicenter of a war that the Numantinos did not provoke.
A war that changed the Roman calendar
The official Roman year began on March 15, when the positions of the administration and the consuls were appointed to make war. The new consuls or reinforcements arrived in Celtiberia at the end of June.
The successive defeats of the Roman armies in the Celtiberian wars forced Rome to begin its official year on January 1, in order to reach Celtiberia in the spring, lengthening the war season.
Rome sends its best general to submit Numancia
The splendor of Rome could not tolerate more humiliation inflicted by a small city of Celtiberia.
Such was the desperation of Rome, which decided to send Publio Cornelio Escipión (the destroyer of Carthage) even though it had not been 10 years since his previous appointment, making a notable exception for an exceptional situation.
An extraordinary display
Plubio Cornelio Escipión managed to gather a formidable army of 60,000 men. But the most extraordinary thing is not the amount of troops, but the engineering work that he had to do in order to besiege Numancia.
All this is great mind explained in this fantastic video of Gugurian Ilustrador.
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Everything we know today about Numancia, and the possibility of visiting the Numancia site, we owe it to archaeologists and other professionals who make possible such wonderful works as this 3D plane.
When visiting the ruins of Numancia, twelve informative panels and reconstructions of the archaeological remains tell us about the daily life and suffering of the inhabitants of Numancia before the harassment of Rome.
In the Numantinas ruins they have been rebuilt the same as were the Celtiberian and Roman dwellings, with the utensils of the time, utensils that we can also find exposed in the Numantino Museum in Soria.
The visit to the site is complemented by the archaeological room, located in the center of the town of Garray. These are two rooms separated by a wall that divides the celtiberian hall on one side and the Roman hall on the other.
In the celtiberian hall we can observe a Celtiberian warrior with his weapons and clothes and the disposition of the Numantine army through an interactive model.
In the Roman hall we will see the reconstruction of a Roman camp, the Roman army facing the Numantine army, as well as explanatory panels of daily life in a Roman camp.
Tuesday to Saturday
From November to February:
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sundays and holidays: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
From March to May and October:
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sundays and bank holidays: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sundays and bank holidays: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- ClosedSunday afternoon
- January 1 and 6; December 24, 25 and 31
The entrance includes:
- Guided visit. The same will be done at the times established.
- or the audio guide service. It does not have an established schedule, offering them up to one hour before closing.
General admission: € 5
Reduced ticket: € 3
- Between 8 and 17 years old included
- Groups of 15 or more paying people (only with advance booking)
- Large families
- University students and Youth Card
Association of Friends of Museums and AEM (Spanish Association of Museologists)
- Over 65, retirees, pensioners, members of the Club of 60
- Handicaps from 33%
*It must be accredited with a valid document
Special groups: € 120
Carried out to a homogeneous group of visitors composed of up to a maximum of 50 Pax, such as groups, schools, etc … To make this type of visits you must contact through email@example.com or to the Telephone: 650 70 96 71
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