Where to View the Magnificent Ruins of the Roman Forum

Every city has a certain place where everyone comes together to meet. For ancient Rome, this place was known as Forum Romanum, which many just named the Forum. Though many of the buildings in the Forum are close to 3000 years old, you can still explore them on a tour of this remarkable destination.

The Centre of Ancient Rome

The Forum was first developed in 7th Century BC as a center for temples, halls and public spaces for the people of Rome to gather. Over time it developed into the social, political and even commercial hub of the Roman empire, which meant that almost every meeting of importance regarding the future of Rome took place here. In fact, everything from elections and public speeches to criminal trials and gladiatorial matches were held in the Forum. This destination was so popular that it has since been named the world’s most celebrated meeting place throughout history. Simply visiting what remains of these once-pristine pillars and walls is a profound experience. It brings to light the might of the ancient Roman civilization and their immense skill in construction.

Visiting Roman Forum

The Forum is so full of noteworthy buildings that it could take a full day to explore them all in their entirety. Upon entry you will find yourself faced with three options. Either to go left, and explore the Tempio di Antonio e Faustina, which was a temple built in 141 AD and later transformed into a church known as Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Miranda over 800 years later. If you instead decide to go right, you will find yourself walking amongst the remains of the Basilica Fulvia Aemilia. This 100m long public hall was built in 179 BC and saw thousands of Romans gather over the years for various meetings. Heading straight on from the entrance will bring you to the Via Sacra, the Forum’s main walkway, this will lead you to a range of other attractions in the forum, each telling a different historical tale of the Rome of the past. One of the more significant stops is the Tempio di Guilio Cesare. Built in 29 BC this structure marks the spot where Julius Caesar was cremated.

Of course, much like many other Roman cities and developments, time took its toll on the structures of the Forum. In its state of disrepair the land was no longer seen to have any social or political value and was converted into a pasture for cows to graze known as Campo Vaccino. It was also stripped of much of its marble and stone. In fact, excavations have been taking place since the 18th century and continue to this day.

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