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October 30, 2004
Onto the Basilica of Constantine and Maxientius, which had been the largest building in the Forum and is still an impressive building to this day. It was used as a business centre for the administration of local justice, and its dimensions were 330 x 215 feet, and over 120 feet high. Apparently, the original gilded tiles of this building were used to cover the roof of the old St Peter’s. Standing at the foot of the remaining arches, you can feel what an impressive building this would have been.
A short walk away, and we are standing at the Arch of Titus. The structure still shows good evidence of the fine engraving, depicting the expulsion of the Jews from Jerusalem and the triumphant Titus. There’s a delicate chain stretched across the entrance, and I was very tempted to step over it to get a better photograph from the inside. I’m pleased that I didn’t, as we were later told that the last person to strut through this archway was Hitler. As a mark of respect to Jews worldwide, it has been decreed by the Italian authorities that nobody will ever again pass through the arch.
Whilst studying the Arch, we were offered a free guide to the Forum. I would highly recommend this to you – there’s no catch, and the guides are all very knowledgeable. You will see the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, The Temple of Romulus, Emperor Hadrian’s Temple of Venus and the mighty Temple of Antonius and Faustina (built in 141 AD to celebrate the life of Emperor Pius and his wife). The ruins of the platform, used for the public oratories, will be pointed out to you and, with due reverence, you’ll be able to visit the temple of Julius Caesar, built on the very spot where the body of this mighty emperor was cremated.
Marvel at the magnificent Arch of Septimus Severus, and contemplate what this site was like before it was fully excavated (the road was just below the top of the central arch and, in the Middle Ages, a barber had set up shop in this "shelter").
Ruins can be confusing, but with a good guide, they will come alive again for you.
From journal Roaming in Rome
Moscow, Moskva, Russia
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From journal Rome is the 3rd Most Visited City in the EU
Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
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From journal Rome the Eternal
Merritt Island, Florida
May 19, 2003
From journal European Whirlwind
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May 22, 2006
From journal Rome - Over Too Quickly
January 21, 2006
From journal Rushing through Rome
November 12, 2002
Some of the ancient temples are nothing but a couple of blocks of stone, and require a lot of imagination. But others still have many pillars left, such as the Tempio di Saturni.
During the day, especially in the high season (spring and fall) it will be very crowded in and around the Forum Romanum. After our visit to the Colosseum we decided to have lunch first and returned around 4 pm. It turned out to be much more pleasant a little later in the day.
From journal Eternal Rome
July 8, 2005
From journal Italia
April 26, 2005
Here, you'll find temples dedicated to the major gods of the Roman pantheon, meeting halls where political and financial leaders of the day met and discussed policy and the news of the day, as well as the spot where Julius Caesar was cremated by order of his successors Mark Antony and Augustus and numerous monuments were dedicated to the military glory of the emperor's Titus and Septimius Severus.
You'll also find crowds of other tourists here, as well as roving bands of pickpockets, so be wary, and plan to see the area early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Bring plenty of film, and I would recommend getting a guided tour through your travel agent or the concierge of your hotel, because the guidebooks simply don't tell you enough to make you appreciate what you're looking at.
From journal Italian Holiday - Rome
Cary, North Carolina
July 1, 2004
From journal We Who Love Rome Salute You!