Roman Necropolis, Šempeter

Almost 2,000 years ago, an extremely important Roman road  connecting the towns of Aquilea, Emona, Celeia and Poetovio led through Šempeter. Many powerful Roman patricians lived nearby and some were buried in the tombs of the Roman Necropolis in Šempeter. The Necropolis was discovered by change in 1952, when works in an orchard revealed a statue of a sitting woman. Few years after the excavation, the beautifully preserved archaeological site Roman Necropolis in Šempeter was opened. It is still seen as one of the most important remains from the Roman era in Slovenia and in Central Europe. The Roman Necropolis is an open-air museum where works of art of most skilled Roman craftsmen are exhibited.
 
After the discovery of the Roman Necropolis in Šempeter, more than 600 archeologically important items and over 100 family tombs were excavated. The most beautiful tombs are the large ones made of Pohorje marble, ornamented with the high-relief statues of the buried families. The Spectatius family tomb is the largest and is covered with reliefs of four seasons. The Ennius family tomb is said to be the most beautiful and depicts the mythical scene of Europe’s abduction. Every tomb tells its own 2,000-year-old story, describing antique mythology and Roman lifestyle.
 
Opening times:
April to September 
daily between 10:00 and 18:00
(including Sundays and public holidays) 
October
Saturdays and Sundays between 10:00 and 16:00
Visits outside the opening time is possible upon prior arrangement.

Turistično društvo Šempeter v Savinjski dolini
Ob rimski nekropoli 2
3311 Šempeter
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