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Almuñécar Museums - Cueva de los Siete Palacios (Almunecar)

Cueva de los Siete Palacios
Getting There - Photos

The Archaeological museum is located in the heart of the Casco Antiquo or Almunecar "old town", very close to the castle. The structure itself dates back to around the 1st century AD when the area was occupied by the Romans. The story goes that the Romans wanted more usable space within the town to build, and because it was already so built up at the time there wasn't much buildable land area left. Being the ingenious people that they were, they decided to create some. Using an arch system, or vaults, built around existing structures they constructed a flat platform that sat on top. Once erected, a temple was built in honor of the Roman goddess Minerva.

The vaults, that were built, created a dome like effect which the locals called "caves". Some are still inhabited to this day. It is believed that the museums official name "Cueva de Siete Palacios" comes from the reference to the "caves" and to a central "vault" feature that is crossed by seven other shorter vaults. Today the stone monument still remains and, since 1984, the Almunecar Archaeological museum resides in the basement.

Cueva de los Siete Palacios

Address
Cueva de Siete Palacios
Barrio de San Miguel
18690 Almuñécar, Spain

Contact Information
Phone: 958 633 746 - Tours may be booked
Alternate: 958 634 968
Email: turismo@almunecar.info
www.almunecar.info

Hours
Tuesday to Sunday: 10:30 - 13:30 / 18:30 - 21:00
Closed Sunday afternoons and Monday

Held within this small museum are ancient treasures found in the area. These relics date back to Phoenician times around 1500 BC. Artifacts are represented from the Phoenicians, Romans and the Moors, among others. You will find ceramic urns, jewelry, clothing fastenings, etc. Probably the most impressive find is an ancient Egyptian urn that dates to the 14th century BC. No one knows how it ended up here, but the fact that it did, shows you just how old and interesting the history of this area is.

Prices
Individuals Groups (min of 15 people)
Adults 2.35 euros Adults 1.30 euros
Children 1.60 euros Children 0.80 euros
Seniors 1.60 euros Seniors 0.80 euros
* Tarjeta Joven Municipal: 0.30 euros

* Prices include the Castle and the Museum

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