The Vila de Madrid Square is located next to the Rambla of Barcelona, in the Ciutat Vella district, the historical centre of the city of Barcelona.
In this square we can still see the remains of an ancient Roman necropolis that was located next to a Roman road. The burials that we can see date from between the 1st and 3rd centuries AD.
According to Roman law, burials could not be done inside the city, so the cemeteries were moved next to the Roman roads that left the cities. Richer families had the tombs closest to the city, while poorer people were buried further away.
In the Vila de Madrid Square there are different types of burials corresponding to the lower classes of the Roman city of Barcino. During the discovery of this site, 85 different burials were located. In addition, different ways of burying people can also be observed.