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Monturque Cisternas Andrew Forbes

Roman Cisterns – a surprise in rural Andalucia

These are the extraordinary Roman cisterns in the village of Monturque in the province of Cordoba, northern Andalucia, (Cisternas Romanas de Monturque).
I’ve been exploring Andalucia for over 15 years and still there are so many surprises!

These are amongst the most important Roman cisterns in the world – 4th biggest. Built in the first century to serve a luxurious Roman baths and a few privileged people in the community.

There are now stairs down to the cisterns and you can explore all the chambers which are now opened up with arches that have been broken through the walls of the tanks.

They were discovered by accident in 1885 when the village was extending the cemetery built above. It was the site of Roman temple, now parish church … well worth a visit.

You need to book the guided tour, which includes a tour of the village’s small museum of artefacts dating from neolithic times.


Opening: My appointment only – Monday to Friday  – 09.00 – 13.00

Contact: +34 957 535 614 or +34 667 507 920



Paseo de San Mateo, 14930 Monturque, Cordoba



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