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    Roman Walls of Lugo is located in Lugo in north-west Spain and has a population of approximately 99,000. This city, which is passed through by pilgrims along the route to Santiago de Compostela completing the Camino de Santiago.

    History of the Roman Wall of Lugo

    The roman walls of Lugo have been described as one of the best-preserved examples of Roman military architecture, a sight to be seen by all people doing the Camino Primitivo. They were built in the late 3rd and early 4th century as a means of protection from enemy attacks. The original plan for the city did not include the wall because of the Pax Romana (Latin for Roman Peace). However, in the mid-2nd century, Germanic invaders attacked the province of Gaul. After this, many western Roman provinces began to build urban defences. Between 263 and 276 Lugo got its famous walls. However, even with these walls, Lugo was still invaded several times. In the early 5th century the city was invaded by the Suevi and they set the area to fire. It was invaded again in 457 by the Visigoths, who were able to capture and settle the town. When the Moors invaded Spain, Lugo was once again ravaged in 714 but was recaptured by Alfonso I of Asturias in 755. Over 200 years later, the town was once again invaded, this time by the Normans in 968. The town was not restored until the following century. The walls have a lot of history and pilgrims walking the Camino in the past  have entered these walls just like the pilgrims of today.

    The Construction of the Roman Wall of Lugo

    The walls consist of ten total gates to enter the city. If Camino participants are interested in walking the walls you are able to do so by using one of the five sets of staircases along them. There is also one ramp to reach the top of the walls.  To add to the impressive structure of this wall it is lined with semi-circular towers. 46 of the towers have remained intact while the other 39 are damaged in some way. It is a 2km walk around the wall and provides unique views of a city filled with a rich history. Staying an extra night or two in Lugo will enhance your Roman knowledge. It will also give you a break from the hustle of walking or cycling the Camino de Santiago.

    If you found the Roman Wall of Lugo interesting, then definitely check out the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao here

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