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Roman Forum Archaeological Site/Ruins

This large brick structure next to the Arch of Septimius Severus, restored during Diocletian's reign in the late 3rd century AD, is the Forum's best-preserved building—thanks largely to having been turned into a church in the 7th century. By the time the Curia was built, the Senate, which met here, had lost practically all of the power and prestige that it had possessed during the Republican era. Still, the Curia appears much as the original Senate house would have looked. Today, the Curia is only open occasionally when hosting an exhibition. Definitely peek inside if it's open, and don't miss the intricately inlaid 3rd-century floor of marble and porphyry, a method called opus sectile.

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Via Sacra
Rome, Latium  00186, Italy

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