Sites & cities that bear the name of Villa Armira

Villa Armira

Today in : Bulgaria
First trace of activity : ca. 1st century C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 4th century C.E
Recorded names : Вила “Армира”, Ivaylovgrad

Description : Villa Armira (Bulgarian: Вила “Армира”) is a 1st-century suburban Roman villa in southeastern Bulgaria, located in the proximity of Ivaylovgrad, Haskovo Province. Discovered in 1964 during reservoir construction, it is a primary historical attraction to the Ivaylovgrad area. It is classified as a monument of culture of national importance. Villa Armira lies some 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) southwest of Ivaylovgrad. It was named after the Armira River, a minor tributary of the Arda. It is a sumptuous palace villa and one of the largest and most richly decorated Ancient Roman villas excavated in Bulgaria. The villa dates to the second half of the 1st century AD and originally belonged to a noble of Roman Thrace who is thought to have been the governor of the surrounding area. It is thought to have been destroyed in the late 4th century, possibly by the Goths some time around the Battle of Adrianople of 378.

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