The Regional Directorate for Culture of the Algarve (DRCAlg) began the first phase of conservation and restoration work on a set of Mosaics of the Roman Ruins of Milreu, in Estoi, Faro, estimated at around 30 thousand euros.
The mosaics that are being used correspond to a phase of remodeling and enlargement of Villa Romana in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD, namely the famous floor of "the fish and the smiling squid" and the floors of the cubicula, which are annexed to it.
Measures are being taken to clean the mosaics, to treat weeds, to apply consolidation mortars and to re-seal joints.
The walls and wall coverings of the compartments that make up the mosaic panels are also the subject of repair and consolidation work.
This intervention aims at "preserving and preserving the whole, as well as improving the reading and understanding of this important artistic group," says DRCAlg.
The work is carried out by the company New Conservation – Restoration and Conservation of Artistic and Cultural Patrimony, Lda, with the duration of 5 months.
This action has a cost of 30 078.00 euros (VAT included), as part of the Project for the Conservation of the Roman Ruins of Milreu, in the total amount of 529 870.00 euros approved by the "CRESC Algarve 2020 Program, by 2020.
The intervention will condition the circulation in the monument, which is why DRCAlg asks visitors for their understanding.