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Domus Romana

Museum Esplanade, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 05, Malta
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Ranked #7 of 12 attractions in Rabat
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: The mosaic pavements in the Domvs Romana at Rabat rank among the finest and oldest mosaic compositions from the western Mediterranean, alongside those... more » Owner description: The mosaic pavements in the Domvs Romana at Rabat rank among the finest and oldest mosaic compositions from the western Mediterranean, alongside those of Pompeii and Sicily. They were discovered in 1881 just outside Mdina in the remains of a rich and sumptuously decorated town house of the Roman period. This museum was one of the very first to be opened to the public in Malta.The small museum of the Domvs Romana is built around the remains of a rich, aristocratic roman town house (domvs) which was accidentally discovered in 1881. Although very little remains from the house itself, the intricate mosaics which survived for centuries, as well as the artefacts found within the remains, are testimony of the original richness and story of this fantastic abode.The current Museum building does not only preserve some of the most precious Roman remains but also provides a glimpse into the lives of a Roman domestic household, from the actual division of roles in a Roman family, to fashion, education, entertainment, food and drink. « less
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Siggiewi, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I have been to this exhibit on numerous occasions, mostly when some of my foreign friends visit the island. Domus Romana as indicated by the name, offers an extensive display from the roman period, as well as other historic periods. I would say my favourite parts are the roman bath itself as well as the gorgeous and well preserved mosaics.... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A fascinating and memorable place, though smaller than we were expecting. This is an excavated Roman villa with an intact mosaic floor and some statues. It's the best insight into the Roman occupation of Malta on the island. The floor is well-cared for with good explanatory panels and a pleasant setting. The entrance cost is covered by the Heritage Malta... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This is well done. Nicely presented exhibit. The mosaics are superb and worth the priced of admission alone. There's also a few other interesting nick nacks. A special pat on the back to the organisers for the interpretative panels. They're excellent. The exhibit is good and will take you under an hour to go through. Bravo.

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aberdeen
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We visited in June after taking the Dotto train around Rabat and Mdina. The place is quite small but very interesting. The mosaic floor was very intricate and the information given was comprehensive. Worth a visit if you are in Mdina

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QLD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Amazing, well worth looking at. Try taking your time and reading each article. Displays are very well presented.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This was one of the main attractions I was excited to see, but it was rather small, so people may be a bit disappointed if they pay separately and not on a multisite pass. I would recommend the addition of signage, as beyond the statue of Claudius we saw a gift shop sign and thought we had to backtrack to... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This site us just outside the M'Dina. If you do plan to visit a lot of museums of Malta on your holiday I suggest use chasing the Museums Pass. Otherwise, admission (either €8 or €10/adults) is too much for what you see. There is an excellent timeline of Roman and world history before exhibits on Roman glass and daily life... More

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Haacht
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The masterpiece is ofcourse the well preserved mosaic floor, but there are also statues and some very delicate perfume bottles. It is very small, so I found the entrance price of 6 € a bit steep. For the St John's Co-Cathedral & museum in Valletta you also pay € 6, but there is a lot more to see.

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Geelong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This museum had some great roman mosaics, perfectly preserved and really interesting. It's quite small though and not much else to see. The excavations outside are a bit overrun with grass and weeds and not really that interesting (compared to something like the forum area in rome where you can walk around them).

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is a great museum with really good, informative displays. There was hardly anyone in it which is a shame but great for us as we could take as long as we wanted to go around it! The mosaics are lovely and the artefacts on display are truly amazing. well worth a visit.

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