Funding to turn Roman villa into a museum

Image of what the museum will look like.
Image of what the museum will look like. / SUR
  • Spain's Ministry of Public Works is going to invest 70 per cent of the total to continue the excavations and preservation of the Roman remains

Spain's Ministry of Public Works (Ministerio de Fomento) has announced that it will invest 700,000 euros in a project to turn a Roman discovery in Rincón de la Victoria into a museum.

Speaking last week, the town's mayor, Francisco Salado, said that the ministry would cover 70 per cent of the one million euro project, which will see the completion of an excavation project which started in 1989.

Archaeologists discovered the remains of a small Roman baths, along with mosaics and tombs in 1989, and since then other pieces, believed to date from the seventh Century BC until the 3rd Century, have been found in the Granadillas and Arroyo Benagalbón streams in Torre de Benagalbón, which belongs to Rincón de la Victoria.

The project, which is one of five in Malaga province announced by the ministry in June 2018, will culminate in an indoor museum designed to showcase and preserve the settlement.

The only other monument to receive money from the fund in the Axarquía is Vélez-Málaga's Islamic fortress.

Speaking after the funding was confirmed last week, Salado expressed his satisfaction that the project will "be a unique testament to the town's history, which until now has not seen the light of day."

He added that the project would leave "an important legacy to show visitors the magnitude of the settlement and the importance of Roman coastal towns."