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Domus Romana

Museum Esplanade, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 05, Malta
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Ranked #7 of 13 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Visited this venue by design and was not disappointed having an interest in the Roman period. The museum provides not only a brief history of the Roman occupation of Malta but gives a small insight into the Islamic and early European periods. The artifacts portray a good example of a typical Roman town house with one excellent mosaic of "drinking... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Superbly conserved Roman mosaic - the best we have seen and believe me we have seen a lot. Statues, amphora and all other paraphernalia equally in excellent condition - felt like being in the villa way back when

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Alcester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Although small, the mosaics in situ were really interesting. It gave another level of understanding of Malta amazing history. The outside area was disappointing as the explanation plaques were too vague and the whole area then looked just like a pile of rubble with a few pillar remnants.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The intricate mosaic floors of this Roman home leave you with a sense of wonder: How did they do it? The patterns create optical illusions as you walk about, enhancing your experience. Don't miss this one.

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Brighton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

What a nice villa location to explore- not too big, but offers some decent mosaics. HOHO bus took us to Rabat and we explored this little museum before entering the Mdina.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This Roman villa is tucked away by a main road and next to the tourist train departure point and there is little else around to suggest the Romans had been in Malta! Although small, the building is well-maintained and displays the artifacts well. The mosaic floor is the main attraction. There are numerous display boards that contain lengthy descriptions of... More

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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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