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1968: La Olmeda Roman Villa was discovered in July 5th by Mr. Javier Cortes Álvarez de Miranda on his own land. It was excavated and kept up by him for 12 years, including the consolidation and preservation of mosaics and the construction of the first protective buildings, as well as the performance of the guided visits.

1980 (May 7th): Donation of the villa and its lands to the Diputación de Palencia and establishment of La Olmeda Foundation.

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1980 (June 12th): Mr. Javier Cortes is awarded with the golden medal of the Province in the Plenary Session of the Diputación.

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From 1981 to 1984: Building of a new roof and a walkway for making the visit possible. At the same time, restoration of San Pedro’s church for housing La Olmeda Roman Villa Museum.

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1984: Opening of the roman villa and the museum.

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1984 - 2004: The excavations continue. The building and the roof are enlarged and modified. The walkway is also enlarged. Books, guides, leaflets are printed and complemented with merchandising products in 2001.
Specialized courses about Roman culture.
La Olmeda and the International and Spanish Associations of Ancient Mosaic co-organised the 6th International Symposium of Ancient Mosaic and the 4th International Conference Mosaics.
More than 800.000 visitors come to the villa during this period.

1996: The site La Olmeda is declared Asset of Cultural Interest, with category of Archaeological Zone, by decree 97/1996, of April 3rd, of the Junta de Castilla y León.

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2004: Building of a new walkway to make possible the visit to the bathing area (Balnea). Opening of the thermal area.

2004: Announcement of a public competition for the adaptation of the archaeological site. The project is commissioned to the winning team: Paredes-Pedrosa.

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2005 (25th May): The Plenary session of the Diputación de Palencia approve the adaptation project of the archaeological site of La Olmeda Roman Villa with a budget of 6.324.800,54 €.

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2005 (15th October): The villa was closed to begin the construction of the new building.

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2009 (3rd April): Re-opening of the villa and inauguration of the new building.

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2009 (4th November): H.R.M. Queen Sofia inaugurates the new building facilities of La Olmeda Roman Villa.

2009: Cámara de Comercio de Palencia Award; Finalist IV Enor Awards.

2010: Special Mention at the Europa Nostra Awards; Finalist Piranesi Prize of Rome; VII Biennal of Ibero-American Architecture and Urbanism.

2011: Nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award; XI Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism; Finalist for the Dedalo Minosse Vicenza Award; Special Mention Prize Fassa Bartolo.

2012: Shortlisted for Paisaje Rosa Barba European Award.

2013: Eduardo Torroja Award for Engineering and Architecture, Ministerio de Fomento.

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2015: Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts to Javier Cortes Álvarez de Miranda, posthumously. Ministry of Education and Culture.

2016: IV Zamora-Protohistoric Prize for Archaeological and Cultural Heritage.

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2018: Ciudadanos Awards "Smart Cities - Creating a European digital society" of the Citizen Awards Association and the Audiovisual and Digital Citizen Council, for the MHS·EnerCon² project for the preventive conservation of Villa Romana La Olmeda and improve its energy efficiency, developed by the Diputación de Palencia, the Santa María La Real Foundation of Historical Heritage and Telnet.