"Visit the Roman palace Felix Romuliana" Donji Milanovac Things to Do Tip by tayloretc

Donji Milanovac Things to Do: 10 reviews and 12 photos


Roman Emperor Galerius? royal palace complex Felix Romuliana is huge. With remains of fortified walls and towers, two temples, baths, and extensive living quarters, it could be easily mistaken for a small town. Around 300AD, Galerius built this complex to be his retirement retreat. He died returning to it for his retirement, so never lived here. Since it was his personal retreat and not important to Rome, it was left empty until it became church property (basilicas were built over some parts); it was later wrecked by the Huns, and eventually was covered over by earth. It was rediscovered around 1835.

It?s the only UNESCO site in eastern Serbia. That tag has brought some benefits ? there?s a good guide staff onsite (and I heard also in the museum in Zajecar), a good booklet in several languages and replica souvenirs available for sale, and good descriptions of what you?re seeing around the site, but there?s still not much money for the preservation and restoration of what?s there. Much ?preservation? is simply leaving things covered. Most of the mosaics, for example, are covered with sand except for the ones removed to the museum, and there are huge areas of the site not excavated at all. During the summer there?s an active excavation of the small town discovered outside one of the walls, but as of 2011, nothing inside.

It?s a fascinating site. There are no barriers, no walkways. You?re stepping over the thresholds they used 2000 years ago, and you?re on your honor not to climb the walls or remove a fragment of anything. If you?re history minded and lucky enough to be there alone (as I was), sitting in the remains of the emperor?s private garden patio (pictured above) is a unique experience.

Directions: About 12 km outside Zajecar (80 km south of Donji Milanovac), in Gamzigrad. Public transportation is possible, but bus timings are tough. If you've hired a car, it's well marked from the main road south.
Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamzigrad-Romuliana

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 16, 2011
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