What is the Via Sacra?

The Via Sacra, also known as Sacred Way, was once the main street in the heart of the Ancient Roman City. When visiting the Roman Forum, you can see many ancient temples and ruins scattering the area. Most of these landmarks can be found lining one wide street, which is the Via Sacra. Stroll across the pages of time as you visit one of the most popular attractions in Rome.

History of Via Sacra

Once used as the main street to lead travellers and citizens into the main centre of business, known as the Forum. As well as used to establish the religious faith of Roman people to any newcomer, by displaying their temples at the Forum’s entrance. The street hosted celebrations for Roman victories, with triumphal marches following any war conquests. The marches started from the Via Scram and headed into the Forum where it would end at the Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus on the Capitoline Hill. They always honour their religious beliefs in these marches as they believed the victory was due to the city’s prays. The Via Sacra was at the centre of everything in Ancient Rome-as the heart of social, religious, government, and cultural importance.

What to see there

Arch de Titus

Simply head down the Via sacra until you reach this ancient artefact. The Arch of Titus is a large arch, standing fifteen meters tall and 6 meters wide. It is one of the two oldest remaining arches in the forum. Being built following the death of Roman Emperor Titus in 81D. The brilliance of this arch is due to the decoration on the arch, all illustrations honouring Titus, and the victory in the war of Jerusalem. Make sure you take note of the centre inscribed, which translate to ‘The Senate and People of Rome, to Divus (meaning divine) Titus.

The Colosseum

Sitting right next door to the Roman Forum is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the world, the Colosseum. This ancient building is renowned for its violent past, hosting events and games to entertain the ancient Roman people. Even holding the famous gladiator games!

House & Temple of Vestals

The Temple and House of Vestals was the residence for the Vestal Virgins, the priestesses of the cult of Vesta. These ancient virgins were honoured in Roman society, thought to be very powerful beings, as they were in charge of protecting the city by honouring the Goddess Vesta. This was done by continuing to keep alight the magical fire given to them long ago. Wander through the remains and learn about these interesting women. Remaining artefacts, including statues and preserved building sections, can illustrate the fascinating secrets and daily lives of these priestesses.

Palatine Hill

A short walk away is the Palatine Hill, home to the oldest part of ancient Rome. Bursting with ancient ruins, frescoes, and artefacts of the rich Romans. It was once the most prestigious neighbourhood in Rome. Trek up to the top of this historic hill, with jaw-dropping panoramic views of the city well worth the visit.

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