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Caesar's palatial villa stood on the hill where the Aragonese
Castle now stands.
It was the Spanish Viceroy's decision to build the castle directly
atop the ruins of the historically important villa. It is thought
that Agrippina's actual resting place was in the immediate vicinity
of Caesar's estate. It too disappeared as a result of the castle's
construction. What ever other scattered ruins were left of the
villa after castle construction later sank with the shoreline.
There are no visible remains of either Caesar's villa or Agrippina's
actual tomb. However, on the shore just below the castle can
be seen traces of richly worked opus reticulatum walls from building
construction that aren't consistent with the castle's architecture
or its building
Further into the gulf directly out from the castle are a number
of other interesting ruins. A series of mortar pavements or decks,
smoothly finished and geometrically shaped, lie along the bottom
to about 100 meters from shore. At 50 meters from shore there
is a long, thick embankment that runs parallel to the beach.
At 100 meters from shore there is a second similar embankment
but at slightly greater depth. In a few places the mortar floors
collapsed exposing built-in ducts about 30 centimeters square
that run from the shore out into the bay. The two ducts converge
at the second embankment then split into 3.
A row of 3 massive brick and mortar pilasters measuring 5 by
5 meters of surface area and about 3 meters high are located
100 meters out into the gulf starting from the second embankment.
The pilasters are in a straight line at 10-meter intervals and
in depths ranging from 6 to 10 meters. These are presumably breakwaters
for the original Baia port district. They are finished in precision
opus reticulatum and opus quadratum brickwork.
On one of my usual bay rounds in my inflatable I found a modern
shipwreck. It was a 75 foot fishing trawler. It lay in 35 feet
in the main ship channel just below the castle.
It was fully intact, showing no hull damage, and still loaded
with nets, equipment, tools, crew accessories. The hull number
was not present.