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Sirmium Imperial Palace

Sremska Mitrovica, Vojvodina, Serbia

Peta Stamper

13 Jul 2021

About Sirmium Imperial Palace

The Sirmium Imperial Palace complex in Serbia contains the remains of a Roman imperial palace which was home to several Roman Emperors, including Constantine I.

Built at the end of the 3rd or beginning of the 4th century AD, the complex has now been opened to the public as a museum.

Sirmium Imperial Palace history

The ancient Roman settlement of Sirmium was founded in the 1st century AD and grew to become one of the most important cities of the Roman Empire. Indeed, by the end of the 3rd century Sirmium had become one of four designated capitals of the Empire. The city was a major centre of trade and home to many of the middle and latter Emperors. In fact, several Roman Emperors were born in Sirmium.

Discovered in the 1950s, the Sirmium Imperial Palace complex has been carefully excavated over the years, revealing a multitude of finds including remnants of the private rooms of the Emperors and even a Roman circus. The site also contains a number of well preserved mosaics, frescos and ornaments as well as the underground heating systems employed by the Romans.

Sirmium Imperial Palace today

Today the Sirmium Imperial Palace complex is one of the most important Roman sites in Serbia and is a testament to the central role this area played in the middle and late Roman Empire.

See excavated mosaic flooring, baths and ancient heating systems on display, and an illuminated scale model of Sirmium when visiting the site. Only steps away is the Museum of Srem, offering a chance to see a unique Roman sundial with the sculptures of Atlas, Hercules and Ifikles, half brother of Hercules.

Getting to Sirmium Imperial Palace

Reaching Sirmium Imperial Palace is relatively easy via public transport: buses from Novi Sad run to Sremska Mitrovica every hour and the Museum of Srem is only a short walk away.

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