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Milreu Ruins

Located west of the historic village of Estoi, 8km from Faro, the Roman Villa of Milreu reveals a continuous occupation from the first century until the eleventh century. Knowledge of history shows us that it has been inhabited by families of high social and political status, to which were provided the needs not only of a rural daily life, but also of a great recreational experience.

In the fourth century it was erected a religious building, lavishly decorated, which is still maintained nowadays up to the stringer of the vaults. This building was purely constructed for the owner's usage. Christianized in the sixth century, the temple would also serve for worship in the Islamic period up until the eleventh century. Between the XVI and XIX centuries, over the private divisions of the old Roman house, a rural house was built with cylindrical buttresses.

The richness of this rustic villa is reflected in the significant volume of archaeological finds, as predominantly marine - themed mosaics, marbled coatings and various ceramic, painted stucco and decorative sculpture.

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