Location: Silistra


Not far from the centre (forum) of the ancient Durostorum, a large urban villa (villa urbana) was built in the 2nd century, inhabited by a wealthy Roman aristocratic family.
In the 3rd and 4th century it was expanded and rebuilt. During the Goth­ic invasions at the end of the 3rd century or in the mid-4th century it was destroyed and burned down. With the restoration of the city, an impos­ing massive public building (17x20 m) was built upon its ruins. It boast­ed a solemn hall as well as an apse and side rooms added later. The architectural layout of this public building adheres to the architectural and construction principles of the residences of urban governors and bishops from the 4th to the 6th centuries. It is believed that it was part of the palace of the Dorostol bishops. To the west, a large episcopal basilica has been studied and a small private bath has been revealed.