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TURISSA (Tossa de Mar) Gerona, Spain.

A village on the Costa Brava in Catalonia 82 km NE of Barcelona. It retains its defensive wall, protected by circular towers, dating from the Middle Ages. Excavation of a Roman villa (both farmhouse and large estate) dating from the 1st-2d c., which was destroyed during the invasion of the Franks in 265 and rebuilt in the 4th c., has yielded pottery, glassware, and mosaics; an inscription on one mosaic gives the ancient name: SALVO/VITALE FELIX TURISSA/EX OF/ICINA FELICES. The Roman remains are housed in a small museum.


J. Puig i Cadafalch, “Els mosaics de Tossa,” Anuari de l'Institut d'Estudis Catalans (1915-20); id., Arquitectura romana a Catalunya (1934); A. del Castillo, “La Costa Brava en la Antigüedad,” Ampurias 1 (1939) 186.


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