Roman Production Centre of Fish Salting and Conservation in Tróia
Roman Production Centre of Fish Salting and Conservation in Tróia is part of the Tentative list of Portugal in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Click here for a short description of the site, as delivered by the state party.
Map of Roman Production Centre of Fish Salting and Conservation in Tróia
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
The site is located at the top of Tróia Peninsula and can be reached either by land (around 20-30 km detour from highway Lisbon - Faro) or by ferry from Setubal – ferry terminal is quite near the site, although taking a taxi might be necessary.
The site is a complex of ruins built at the beginning of 1st century AD and occupied until 6th century. It served mainly as a fish-salting production complex but it had many accompanying buildings, such as baths, mausoleum or cemetery.
The fish-salting workshops are quite well preserved and mainly comprise of several tanks, where fish was stored and salted. After finishing the process, the fish products (including fish sauce) were packed to amphorae and transported to other parts of the Roman Empire. The bath area and the mausoleum also survived quite well, but overall the ruins are rather small and half an hour visit may be more than enough.
The ruins are quite nice and worth a detour, although I could not see outstanding universal value of this site (although I am not aware of any other sites connected with ancient fish salting industry, so maybe this makes it unique and justifies placing on T-List).