2016-317 – Roman Walls of Lugo Mandala

Roman Walls of Lugo, Spain
Roman Walls of Lugo, Spain

This week’s MotD theme: Round Ancient Roman Structures

From Google Maps, DigitalGLobe, and Europa Technologies comes this overhead view of the Roman Walls of Lugo in Northwest Spain. While technically lacking as a perfectly shaped circle, it does however “circle” the neighborhood. AND! Those clever Romans constructed the wall to include half-circle columns throughout and as part of the wall. From the photo below, we can also see that the top of the wall contains a walkway that continues all around on top of the wall.

The entire circuit survives intact and is the finest example of late Roman fortifications in western Europe. – Unesco.org

Outside view of the Roman Walls of Lugo - Wikipedia Commons
Outside view of the Roman Walls of Lugo – source: Wikipedia Commons

From Wikipedia about the wall it states:

The city walls were built between 263 and 276 A.D. to defend the Roman town of Lucus Augusti (present-day Lugo) against local tribesmen and Germanic invaders. The walls formed part of a complex of fortifications which also included a moat and an intervallum (the clearing between the walls and the city). The entire length of the walls is around 2,120 m, enclosing an area of 34.4 hectares. Not all of the town was enclosed by walls: much of the southeastern part of the town remained unprotected, while in other places unused areas were enclosed by walls.

The width of the walls is around 4.2 m and the height of the walls varies between 8 and 12 m. The walls consist of internal and external stone facing with a core of earth mixes with gravel, pebbles and worked Roman stone recycled from demolished buildings, cemented with water.

Inspiration for Today

Today’s mandala encourages us to find ways to build more bridges and less walls.

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
Isaac Newton

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