• Augusteum
    The roof decoration
  • Augusteum
    The temple paviment
  • Augusteum
    The temple remains
Augusteum  Augusteum

In the Augusteum, a temple dedicated to the first Roman Emperor Octavian Augustus, one is able to learn about the cult to the emperor, the theatrical pomp and the displays of great wealth and prestige devised by the priests. As a means of spreading the imperial ideology, it relied on a great decorative richness, as is evidenced by the quarried marble floors, marking the splendour of a bygone era.

When close to the Forum, one can explore this meeting and market place dating from Roman times, which was an important religious, administrative, political and economic centre.

General ticket: 2’5€

Reduced ticket: 2€
*Purchase on-line, Minors under the age of 12 years, Students up to 25 years, Youth and Youth +, Unemployed, Pensioners, Disabled persons, Family (2 or more adults + 2 or more children under the age of 12 years), Large family and groups of more than 20 people. 

Free entrance: 

  • Children under the age of 3 years.
  • Official tourist guides.
  • Members of the Club Cartagena Puerto de Culturas (except for activities).
*In order to benefit from the free entry rate, visitors must show current valid documents.


Estimated duration: 30 minutes

Schedule of guided visits:

  • High Season
          11:00 and 14:00 
  • Mid Season 
          11:00 and 14:00 
  • Low Season 
          11:00 and 14:00

*Guided hours are subject to change. Consult at the destination.

  Rules for Guided Tours (PDF - 422,33 KB)


A dramatized route full of winks and capsules mood where different characters tell us about their everyday life in Carthago Nova while visit the most important archaeological sites.

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There are no workshops scheduled for this museum


Tourism for all is one of the primary objectives of the Cartagena Puerto de Culturas. We are working to ensure access to the largest number of visitors. At present, the Augusteum offers to its visitors with special needs the following facilities:

  • Special toilets.
  • Audio-visual with voice off (Spanish) sub-titles (English) for people with visual and hearing disabilities.
  • Reduced rate to those with disabilities, presenting official proof at the box office.
  • Guide dog access allowed with the corresponding accreditation.

  Historical context

The granting of the status of a colony (Colonia Urbs Iulia Nova Carthago), probably in the 54 B.C., marked the beginning town planning which became strengthened in the time of Augustus (63 BC. - 14 A.D.) and continued with the successive emperors. The first works focused on building and consolidating its walls, as well as draw up a new road network adapted to the topography of the old peninsula with its five hills. The new streets established the areas designed for all kinds of facilities of a religious nature, were built for leisure, civil, and administrative purposes. Among them are the meeting spaces par excellence, the forum, with its surrounding buildings such as the curia - the local senate - or the Augusteum.

In the second half of the second century, the city began to decline until the area began to revive in the 4th century but only in part. In the following centuries the provincial buildings were plundered and destroyed, becoming the source of materials for other buildings.


The site of the Augusteum begins with an exhibition space dedicated to the forum, in the centre of the city. The archaeological findings of the last decades have helped to pinpoint the location of the Forum in the present Plaza San Francisco. Based on the scarce remains it could be said that it composed of a square as a public area around which there were different buildings: the capitolium or Temple dedicated to the Capitoline Triad - Jupiter, Minerva and Juno -, the curia or local senate where the ruling class met, the tabernae or shops and the Augusteum in its immediate surroundings. The forum was erected in several terraces with a clear symbolic function, the temple on the top left patent the hierarchy between gods and men. The plaza also played a role of representation; the space would be marked by statues, plaques and honorary stands, dedicated to members of the imperial family and to the patrons of the city, thus demonstrating the fidelity to the emperor and his wealth.

With regard to the Augusteum, this was the collegial headquarters where they worshipped the emperor Augustus. Although its construction was first believed to be during the Tiberian epoch, it has recently been suggested that it dates from the second half of the first century A.D. and functioned until the third century when it fell into disuse and was eventually abandoned. Its supporters would have been the local elites linked to the circles closest to the central power.

The complex was composed of a porticoed patio entrance, a central area where there would have been the statue of the emperor, to the sides two nymphs with possible fountains, two rooms related to the activities of the cult, and finally, two shops separate from the place of worship. The richness of the surroundings stands out, with pavements and walls covered with marble brought from the different quarries of the empire and an interesting batch of terracotta antefixae. These parts were located on the roofs of the porticoed sides of the patio that faced the temple itself, and may be sorted into two groups: the first group with theatrical masks in clear reference to the god Apollo, and the second with the winged victory flanked by two Capricorns relating to the victory of Octavian Augustus in Actium.

At the end of the excavation there are the remains of a double portico with lateral exedras. This type of portico was linked to the imperial cult and can accommodate an altar for veneration of the emperor Augustus before his worship was officially restored at the time of his death. In this same place one can also find a fragment of the defensive enclosure that Felipe II built in the 16th century.


With a project for the building of a multi-level car park on Caballero Street, in the period 1991 – 1992, the excavations showed where there were buildings associated with the city forum: a portico and the college of the Augustales. After the excavations, directed by the archaeologist Luis de Miquel, it was decided that they should be conserved in the basement of the new parking lot building. In later years a plan was put into force under the Cartagena Tourism Promotion Plan inaugurated in 2002. As from 2003, management of the archaeological site was transferred to Cartagena Puerto de Culturas. The architectural adaptation was carried out by architects Nicolás Maruri, Atxu Amann and Andres Cánovas.

The tour of the museum:

  • The Forum. The showcases show pieces removed from the forum area belonging to the different buildings, highlighting fragments of sculptures and ornamental pieces.
  • The temple. Two spaces help to understand the site: the exhibition area with panels and parts, and the remains of the temple itself. In this area there still standing some polychrome columns that would belong to another Roman building.
  • De Miquel, L. y Subías, E., (1999). “Un edificio de culto en la Calle Caballero (Cartagena)”, en XXIV Congreso Nacional de Arqueología (Cartagena, 1997), págs. 119-121.
  • Gómez Vizcaino, A., (2003). “Las murallas de los Austrias en Cartagena (1500-1700). Fuentes documentales y testimonios materiales (cerro del Molinete, calles Adarve y San Antonio el Pobre y Monte Sacro)”, en J. M. Noguera Celdrán (ed.), Arx Asdrubalis. Arqueología e Historia del Cerro del Molinete (Cartagena), vol. I, Murcia, págs. 269-305.
  • Noguera Celdrán, J.M., (2002). “Un edificio del centro monumental de Carthago Nova. Análisis arquitectónico-decorativo e hipótesis interpretativas". Journal of Roman Archaeology 15, págs. 63-96.
  • VV.AA. (2009). “El Augusteum de la calle Caballero, nº 2-8”. Fora Hispaniae. Paisaje urbano, arquitectura, programas decorativos y culto imperial en los foros de las ciudades hispanorromanas. Monografía del Museo Arqueológico de Murcia. Actas del Seminario de Lorca (Murcia, 2002), págs. 268-273.
  • VV.AA. (2009). “El denominado edificio A de la calle Caballero, nº 2-8: ¿una porticus dúplex?”. Fora Hispaniae. Paisaje urbano, arquitectura, programas decorativos y culto imperial en los foros de las ciudades hispanorromanas. Monografía del Museo Arqueológico de Murcia. Actas del Seminario de Lorca (Murcia, 2002), págs. 262-268.
  • VV.AA. (2012). Cartagena Puerto de Culturas. Convirtiendo el pasado en futuro.

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