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Domus Romana

Museum Esplanade, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 05, Malta
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Ranked #7 of 14 Attractions in Rabat
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
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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.

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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Excellently presently, artefacts well chosen and displayed, great explanations of how the Romans might have lived in the house.

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Hawkinge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This small museum is an excellent introduction for people interested in how people lived in Roman times. It is built around the excavations of a Roman house with superb mosaic floors and decorations. There are easy to understand exhibits on aspects of Roman domestic life from food, to children's toys, room arrangements etc. All very interesting. Well worth a visit... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Roman house with the best mosaics outside of Pompeii, very quiet & well thought out museum & display. Not many people seemto visit this - we were the only 2 people there despite lots of people getting the little tourist train outside & coach parties arriving to go to Mdina

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised by this historic site and how exceptionally well preserved the tiled floors and statues were. I thought the whole place was fascinating.down to the collection of Roman hairpins carved from bone with thistles on the end. If you are patient there is something worthwhile about most of the exhibits. It is still remarkable how beautifully tasteful... More

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Dingli, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The museum is really small but quite worth to visit. Mosaics are impressive. Would not recommend to go to Rabat just for this place but visit it on your way to Mdina.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

excellent Roman artifacts especially the glass and small jewelry .One of the best mosaic floors .that one can see .THE info supplied by the museum as you walk round was just the right amount.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The roman remains are fantastic, the preserved mosaics are the best i have ever seen. You can get a ticket that covers the Natural History musem in Mdina (average), St Pauls Catacombs in Rabat (v good) and the roman house, which makes the package worth while. They are also all in walking distance of each other (about 10 minutes stroll... More

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

this site has some amazing and high quality roman mosaics as well as a variety of items that were found on digs on the site explains a lot about roman life, Look out for the combined admissions to this and another museum in the area

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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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Northampton, United Kingdom
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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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