Luka Polace Roman Palace
Historic Monument (Roman villa complex)
The well preserved remains of this roman villa complex or palace built during the 3rd-5th Century AD are located at the western end of the village of Luka Polace and are accessible for those who are interested to walk amongst. There were (during our 2011 visit) several small notice boards explaining the remains which include most prominently a large drum shaped tower on the shore of the bay (which may form part of a later early Christian Basilica on the site) and much of the western enclosing wall standing to its original height. The road to Pomena and Velo Jezero departs through a gate in this wall.
Within the wall are a number of reused houses and buildings which includes elements of the original roman structure. This site makes an interesting comparison as a rural Roman villa complex to the palace of Diocletian built in the same general period. One source suggests that the palace was built to house the Greek Agesilaus who was exiled to Luka Polace by the Emperor Septimus Severus (193-211 AD) but was later pardoned by the Emperor Caracalla.
Luka Polace: on the the shore of the bay of Luka Polace at the west end of the village where the road departs for Veliko Jezero.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012