Category - Roman Forum

A trip to Rome is not complete without a visit to the Roman Forum. No other place in Europe is so steeped in history. Although the ruins that remain today do not adequately evoke the great splendour of the ancient world, the bowl between the Campidoglio, Palatino and Viminal, with its towering and overturned columns of the temples of the Curia, its decayed basilicas and triumphal arches, its forums and remains of walls, is nevertheless extremely impressive.

This is where the fate of Europe was decided for centuries; for a millennium the might of the Roman Empire and the beauty of art, Roman law and ancient religious beliefs were expressed here in an overwhelming style. The most significant buildings are described below.

Roman Forum

The Lapis Niger

The Lapis Niger, or ‘Black Stone’, a slab of black marble, lies in the Comitium to the...

Roman Forum

Tabularium

The Tabularium was erected by Q. Lutatius Catulus in 78 B.C. The bronze tablets of laws and decrees...

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Curia Julia

The Curia Julia (Curia Lulia), the Roman Senate’s most ancient meeting-place, probably stood on the...

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Basilica Aemilia

The Basilica Aemilia (Basilica Emilia) was founded in 179 B. C. by Emilius Lepidus and Fulvius...

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Column of Phocas

The Column of Phocas is the last classical memory of the Roman Forum. It bases on a stepped brick...

Roman Forum

Basilica Julia

The Basilica Julia consists of the long south side of the Roman Forum and is verged on the west by...

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Temple of Saturn

Temple of Saturn was among the earliest temples in Rome and was set up in 497 B.C. on the site, as...

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House of Vestals

The House of Vestals, on the south side of the Via Sacra, was a complex including the Temple of...