The emergence of the cities in antiquity, except large foundations, occurred in a reticent and gradual way. So is it with Septem Frates.


Initially, the ancient sailors knew the place, identified the place name and used the natural anchorage of its bay. Proof of this is the constant discovery of pieces of old anchors, and Punic and Roman amphorae.


Some time after, it was built some shrine dedicated to divinity and later a little city was built that it is thought to be an industrial one, specifically a factory.


Salting factories consisted of a group of walls, with different divisions for classification, marinating and fish preparation. Ceuta's factory was extended from Plaza de la Constitucion to the navigable moat, and burial places have also been found on both sides.


Paleochristian Basilica of Ceuta

The Paleochristian Basilica of Ceuta is dated from the middle of IV century and constitutes one necropolis dedicated, maybe, to a Christian martyr.

It is the reliable evidence of the existence of a Christian people in our soil, three hundred years before the birth of Prophet Muhammad, thank to the freedom of religion that brought the Edict of Milan in 313.


Furthermore, we know another sacred area in honour of Isis and it is not adventurous to think that the iconic image of Hercules, found about a century ago, had belonged to some ancient shrine.

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