Just as medieval and modern heritage is significant in large areas of Barcelona, the last vestiges of Roman civilisation are not as well known as they should be in the city. Nicknamed as Barcino, the Catalan capital was a colony that arose in times of the Roman founder Octavio Augusto and slowly gained size in parallel with the construction of various public places. The following are the most interesting of those preserved today.
San Jaime Plaza, which now houses the headquarters of Generalitat de Cataluña and Barcelona City Council, was established as the forum of Barcino. Following the usual urban plan in the imperial era, the forum was located right in the centre of a perfect grid, which today corresponds roughly with Barcelona's Gótico Quarter. Very close to this point, on Paraíso Street, the Temple of Augusto is situated. In fact, only three columns remain of what was probably one of the most important religious buildings of the city.