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Why a Council of Europe Cultural Route on Roman Heritage?

The cultural heritage of Rome

Why a Council of Europe Cultural Route on Roman Heritage?

The cultural heritage of Rome scattered all over Europe has not been the subject of a broad-ranging declaration. This heritage makes up a large network of major sites of the Roman Empire, many of which are listed World Heritage Sites. These include Rome itself and major cities in Italy, Gaul, Hispania, Lusitania and Britannia, the defences of the most important frontiers of Germania and Britannia, sieges and battlefields, engineering works and major roadways that linked up this great ancient empire (along which engineering and minor sites of great artistic and historical interest can be found).

Over 600 sites, built or developed over the more than thousand years that Ancient Rome lasted, can be visited in all those countries belonging to the Council of Europe that harbour traces of the presence of Roman. The main destinations are in Italy, France (Gaul), Great Britain (Britannia), Spain (Hispania), Portugal (Lusitania), Germany (Germania), Croatia (Dalmatia), Greece, Serbia, Romania (Dacia), Turkey and Israel (Judea).

The project named “Roads of Rome in Europe” pretends overcome this lack through the foundation of a great network that it be able to opt to the mention “Cultural Route of Council of Europe” for the routes and places that are incorporated to this new network.

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