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Basilica Emilia

  • On right as you descend into Roman Forum from Via dei Fori Imperiali entrance Map It
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Published 06/07/2016

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Once a great colonnaded hall, this served as a meeting place for merchants and as a court house from the 2nd century BC; it was rebuilt by Augustus in the 1st century AD. A spot on one of the basilica's preserved pieces of floor, immediately to the right as you enter the Forum, testifies to one of Rome's more harrowing moments—and to the hall's purpose. That's where bronze coins melted, leaving behind green stains, when Rome was sacked and the basilica was burned by the Visigoths in 410 AD. The term "basilica" refers here to the particular architectural form developed by the Romans: a rectangular hall flanked by colonnades, it could serve as a court of law or a center for business and commerce. The basilica would later become the building type adopted for the first official places of Christian worship in the city.

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On right as you descend into Roman Forum from Via dei Fori Imperiali entrance, Rome, Latium, 00186, Italy

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Published 06/07/2016


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