Serbia – Gamzigrad, imperial residence of Felix Romuliana (July 2018) The archeological site of Felix Romuliana, also known in literature as Gamzigrad, is located in eastern Serbia, 11 km from the town of Zajecar. The late antique palace was built at the end of the 3rd and the beginning of the 4th century for the emperor Gaius Galerius Valerius Maximianus.
The magnificent imperial palace had temples dedicated to Jupiter and Hercules, public baths, important economic facilities, warehouses and mighty walls. The buildings in the palace are lavishly decorated with fine stone plastic as well as beautiful floor mosaics. Galerius and his mother Romuliana were buried on the nearby hill of Magura and were sent to eternal rest according to ancient Roman customs (apotheosis – ascension among the gods).
The palace was destroyed in the 5th century and was renovated during the 6th century, but its purpose was changed and the palace became a settlement of craftsmen and farmers. The archeological site of Felix Romuliana has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2007.
If you go to the south or south-east of Serbia, be sure to visit this exceptional archeological site whose remains testify to the power of the Roman emperor Galerius, who built this magnificent complex in his homeland.