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The Roman settlement of Colonia Julia Augusta Faventia Paterna Barcino (or Barcino for short) was first named around 15BC; though then very much in the shadow of the provincial capital Tarragona. However the walled city fortification was not added until between 270 & 310AD. The wall itself was over 1,200 metres long, fortified by rectangular towers & with a fortress facing the sea. Parts of this wall & its gates still remain, & can be seen in different points throughout the city's Gothic quarter (the site of the Roman colony).
A good section is located on the Avenida Catedral, & a still mostly intact multi-floored tower can be seen on Calle Tapineria. The Porta Praetoria gate gave access to Barcino, & its pedestrian arch still exists together with the two towers that protected the entrance (though repaired in the 12th century); this is located on Calle Bisbe. The last arch of the aqueduct which fed the city's water supply can be seen in the tower that guarded the north-eastern portion of the gate. Other ruins & vestiges still exist, many of them hidden within the walls of older buildings in the gothic quarter; thankfully most of these are government owned institutions & as such are open to the public. Another good place to go to learn about Roman Barcelona is in the City History Museum. Located on the Plaza del Rei (The Kings Square) it houses a collection of archeological artifacts from the Roman period right through to more modern objects.
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