Felix Romuliana archaeological site


Glorious palace of Roman Emperor Galerius Valerius Maximianus

It was built in the 3rd and 4th century A.D.

Felix Romuliana, the glorious palace of Roman Emperor Galerius Valerius Maximianus is located in the picturesque valley of Eastern Serbia. Emperor Galerius built the palace in the 3rd and 4th century A.D., named after his mother Romula, to commemorate the place of his birth. The palace, which features extraordinary frescoe and mosaic floors and precious sculptures, is considered to be one of the best preserved examples of Roman palace architecture. The two most beautiful mosaics depicting Labyrinth and Dionysus were relocated to the National Museum in Zaječar. At the same place, sculptures are exhibited too, including the emperor’s portrait made of porphyry.

The city was belted by strong walls and a large number of towers, while within the confines of the big walls, the emperor’s palace, a big temple and other public edifices and ancillary buildings appeared.

This complex is the most attractive monument of this area in Serbia and is included in the UNESCO World Cultural heritage List.