Sitio arqueológico Casa del Obispo
Dating of the building: 8th century BC - 16th century.
Applicant: Francisco Luis Serrano Carranza.
Reason for the award :
Due to the restoration work that has allowed an archaeological site of the first magnitude to be reopened to the public.
The Bishop’s House offers the rare experience of walking in the same site through Phoenician, Punic, Roman, and Muslim cultural remains.
The Bishop’s House is an archaeological site of around 1,500 m2 with remains of all the civilizations that have inhabited Cádiz, for some historians, the oldest in the West. The finds include Phoenician and Punic remains, Roman from the Republican and Imperial eras, and Muslims from the 11th century, on which the episcopal house that gives the site its name was built in the 16th century.
The oldest archaeological remains belong to a small archaic Phoenician building from the 8th century BC. The following structure of interest is a Phoenician-era funerary monument dating from the 6th century BC. that forms, together with its annexes excavated in the rock, one of the most significant burial sites in the Iberian Peninsula. The increase in the importance of this space culminates in Roman times with the construction of a temple dedicated to Apollo, Aesculapius, and Hygia (Asklepieion). The excavation works, which had begun in 1996, were abandoned in 2005. On that date, the City Council and the Bishopric of Cádiz and Ceuta signed an agreement that allows the company Monumentos a la Vista S.L to commission restoration and conservation work. All of this leads to the reopening of the archeological dig in 2006.