Walking beside the city walls of Mertola, while going to the Torre do Relógio

Walking beside the city walls of Mertola, while going to the Torre do Relógio

These steps bring visitors to the upper level of the town from the River Guadiana

These steps bring visitors to the upper level of the town from the River Guadiana

It is believed that this clock tower was erected in the late 16th century or early 17th century

It is believed that this clock tower was erected in the late 16th century or early 17th century

Torre do Relógio  is situated very close to the Town Hall square

Torre do Relógio is situated very close to the Town Hall square

The current clock at the tower dates back from 1896

The current clock at the tower dates back from 1896

River Guadiana seen from the Torre do Relógio of Mertola

River Guadiana seen from the Torre do Relógio of Mertola

Looking towards the town, the Castle of Mertola can be seen in the background

Looking towards the town, the Castle of Mertola can be seen in the background

Myself standing in front of the bell tower of Torre do Relógio

Myself standing in front of the bell tower of Torre do Relógio

It is an interesting landmark in Mertola, which offers great views of the town and the River Guadiana

It is an interesting landmark in Mertola, which offers great views of the town and the River Guadiana

Exterior of Camara Municipal de Mertola (Mertola Town Hall)

Exterior of Camara Municipal de Mertola (Mertola Town Hall)

Casa Romana (the Roman House) is installed under this Town Hall

Casa Romana (the Roman House) is installed under this Town Hall

This small, on site museum offers a glimpse into the Roman Mertola

This small, on site museum offers a glimpse into the Roman Mertola

During Roman times, Mertola was a commercial and military trading post

During Roman times, Mertola was a commercial and military trading post

Roman Mertola had an urban perimeter of 65,000 sq meters, probably same as Evora

Roman Mertola had an urban perimeter of 65,000 sq meters, probably same as Evora

The layout of the city would not be very different than what we see today

The layout of the city would not be very different than what we see today

Objects found in the place itself are on exhibition plus others associated with the same cultural context

Objects found in the place itself are on exhibition plus others associated with the same cultural context

Amphoras were important storage pots during the Roman times, they were made to resist the sea voyages

Amphoras were important storage pots during the Roman times, they were made to resist the sea voyages

The Romans called this city Myrtilis, due to its location and minerls found in the area, this town became an important trading post

The Romans called this city Myrtilis, due to its location and minerls found in the area, this town became an important trading post

Between the 5th and 8th century, the economical value of this town declined

Between the 5th and 8th century, the economical value of this town declined

These Roman items were found in the different parts of the town

These Roman items were found in the different parts of the town

There were Greek tombstones found in the town, that means some merchants travelled all the way from the Byzantine Empire

There were Greek tombstones found in the town, that means some merchants travelled all the way from the Byzantine Empire

Mertola regained its promenence during the Muslim rule and Ibn Qasi was one of the most important rulers of the town

Mertola regained its promenence during the Muslim rule and Ibn Qasi was one of the most important rulers of the town

Fragments of an iron lance on display, probably they have come from the weapons of the soldiers

Fragments of an iron lance on display, probably they have come from the weapons of the soldiers

Various items found in Mertola from the Roman period, ranging from the 1st century to the 4th

Various items found in Mertola from the Roman period, ranging from the 1st century to the 4th

This photo shows how Romans built walls and arches in the past

This photo shows how Romans built walls and arches in the past

Interior of the Mertola Town Hall, a nice, quiet and enjoyable site to hold the Roman House Museum

Interior of the Mertola Town Hall, a nice, quiet and enjoyable site to hold the Roman House Museum

Emblem of Mertola on display inside the Town Hall

Emblem of Mertola on display inside the Town Hall

Few orange trees, in front of the Mertola Town Hall

Few orange trees, in front of the Mertola Town Hall