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“fascinating mosaics”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Domus Romana

Domus Romana
Ranked #3 of 28 things to do in Rabat
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Owner description: OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 09.00 Till 17.00Hrs (last admission at 16.30Hrs). 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.
Bucharest, Romania
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“fascinating mosaics”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

first thing you see at the bus terminus, 6 euro fee, no audio guide but information written all over, interesting to see how they lived back then, nicely kept mosaics and explanations

Visited August 2012
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“Beautifully preserved mosaic floor”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

The big attraction here is the one fully preserved and really lovely mosaic floor, but the monumental statuary that was found in the domus during excavations and is on display is wonderful as well. There are also remains of several other mosaic floors and decorative treatments as well as a nicely organized and informative small museum. Definitely worth the visit and located just across the street from Mdina old city.

Visited May 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Fantastic statues and mosaic floor!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2012

It really takes you back to feel what it was like to live in the Roman era if you were wealthy/

Visited April 2012
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York, United Kingdom
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“Excellent museum and historical remains”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2012

The remains here are unique in Malta, and rare internationally. It is the remains of a high quality Roman house, there is not only wonderful mosaic floors, but also an amazing collection of statues from the house itself. What is great is that there is an excellent museum with it, which explores both the wider Roman history of the island, but also the nature of domestic life. While a history geek, I don't usually find the Romans that fascinating. However, I found this museum capitvating. Nice little gift shop (accessible without paying to get in) too. If you go to Mdina, you must go here too (it is just outside the city walls, near the bus stops to Sliema/St Julians and Valletta (and probably others too)).

Visited April 2012
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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“Don't miss this just because it's outside the city walls”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

We went to this Roman house simply because we had bought a Malta pass and it was on the list of places we could visit. What we found was a wonderfully presented Roman house, very different from the other sites we had visited. It is well worth exploring so don't miss it after visiting Mdina, it's just the other side of the car park to the left of the main city entrance.

Visited February 2012
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