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  • Roman Forum

    The Roman Forum is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. Citizens of the ancient city referred to this space, originally a marketplace, as the Forum Magnum, or simply the Forum ...

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  • Trajan's Column

    Trajan's Column is a Roman triumphal column in Rome, Italy, that commemorates Roman emperor Trajan's victory in the Dacian Wars. It was probably constructed under the supervision of the architect Apollodorus of Damascus at the order of the Roman Senate ...

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  • Trajan's Forum

    Trajan's Forum (Latin: Forum Traiani) is an ancient structure in Rome, Italy, chronologically the last of the Imperial fora. The forum was constructed by the architect Apollodorus of Damascus. ...

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  • Church of the Gesù

    The Church of the Gesù is the mother church of the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic religious order also known as the Jesuits. Officially named 'The name of Chiesa del Sacro Nome di Gesù is also used. ,"Torre Argentina" or "Strasbourg Tower" was a name for this area of Rome, surviving in the Largo ...

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  • Comitium

    The Comitium was the original open-air public meeting space of ancient Rome, and had major religious and prophetic significance. The name comes from the Latin word for "assembly". The Comitium location at the northwest corner of the Roman forum was later lost in the city's growth and development, ...

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  • Altare della Patria

    The Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II) or Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) or "Il Vittoriano" is a monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy, located in Rome, Italy ...

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  • Forum of Caesar

    The Forum of Caesar, also known as Forum Iulium or Forum Julium, Forum Caesaris,Hornblower, Simon and Antony Spawforth. The Oxford Classical Dictionary. 3d Ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996. is a forum built by Julius Caesar near the Forum Romanum in Rome in 46 BC. ...

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  • Rostra

    The Rōstra was a large platform built in the city of Rome that stood during the republican and imperial periods. Speakers would stand on the rostra and face the north side of the comitium towards the senate house and deliver orations to those assembled in between ...

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  • Capitoline Museums

    The Capitoline Museums (Italian Musei Capitolini) are a group of art and archeological museums in Piazza del Campidoglio, on top of the Capitoline Hill in Rome, Italy. The museums are contained in three palazzi surrounding a central trapezoidal piazza in a plan conceived by Michelangelo Buonarroti ...

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  • Municipio XII

    Municipio XII Country: Municipality: Rome Area:183.17 km² Population:175,925 (2010) Pop. density:960,44 km² President:Pasquale Calzetta Website: Map Municipio XII is one of the nineteen municipi, or administrative subdivisions of the city of Rome ...

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  • Forum of Augustus

    The Forum of Augustus is one of the Imperial forums of Rome, Italy, built by Augustus. It includes the Temple of Mars Ultor. ...

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  • Santa Maria in Aracoeli

    The Basilica of St. Mary of the Altar of Heaven is a titular basilica in Rome, located on the highest summit of the Campidoglio. It is still the designated Church of the city council of Rome, which uses the ancient title of Senatus Populusque Romanus ...

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  • Vettius Agorius Praetextatus

    Vettius Agorius Praetextatus (ca. 315–384) was a wealthy pagan aristocrat in 4th-century Roman Empire and a high priest in the cults of numerous gods. He served as the praetorian prefect at the court of Emperor Valentinian II in 384 until his death that same year. ...

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  • Temple of Caesar

    The Temple of Caesar or Temple of Divus Iulius (Latin Aedes Divi Iuli or Templum Divi Iuli, Italian Tempio del Divo Giulio) also known as Temple of the Deified Julius Caesar, delubrum, heroon or Temple of the Comet Star,Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 2 ...

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  • Tabularium

    The Tabularium was the official records office of ancient Rome, and also housed the offices of many city officials. Situated within the Roman Forum, it was on the front slope of the Capitoline Hill, below the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus, to the southeast of the Arx and Tarpeian Rock ...

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  • Curia Julia

    Curia Julia is the third named Curia, or Senate House, in the ancient city of Rome. It was built in 44 BC when Julius Caesar replaced Faustus Cornelius Sulla’s reconstructed Curia Cornelia, which itself had replaced the Curia Hostilia ...

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  • Capitoline Wolf

    The Capitoline Wolf (Latin: Lupa Capitolina) is a bronze sculpture of a she-wolf suckling twin infants, inspired by the legend of the founding of Rome. According to the legend, when Numitor, grandfather of the twins Romulus and Remus, was overthrown by his brother Amulius, the usurper ordered the ...

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  • Temple of Vesta

    The Temple of Vesta (Latin Aedes Vestae, Italian Tempio di Vesta) is an ancient edifice in Rome, Italy, located in the Roman Forum near the Regia and the House of the Vestal Virgins. The temple's most recognizable feature is its circular footprint ...

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  • Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus

    The Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus, also known as the Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus (Latin: Aedes Iovis Optimi Maximi Capitolini, , English: "Temple of Jupiter Best and Greatest on the Capitoline") was the most important temple in Ancient Rome, located on the Capitoline Hill. ...

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  • Basilica Aemilia

    The Basilica Aemilia was a civil basilica in the Roman forum, in Rome, Italy. Today only the plan and some rebuilt elements can be seen. The Basilica was 100 meters (328 ft) long and about 30 meters (98 ft) wide ...

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  • Forum of Nerva

    Forum of Nerva is an ancient structure in Rome, Italy, chronologically the next to the last of the Imperial fora built. ...

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  • Santi Apostoli, Rome

    The Church of the Twelve Holy Apostles is a 6th century Roman Catholic parish and titular church and minor basilica in Rome, Italy, dedicated originally to St. James and St. Philip and later to all Apostles. Today, the basilica is under the care of the Conventual Franciscans, whose headquarters in ...

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  • Mamertine Prison

    The Mamertine Prison (Italian Carcere Mamertino), in antiquity the Tullianum, was a prison (carcer) located in the Forum Romanum in ancient Rome. It was located on the northeastern slope of the Capitoline Hill, facing the Curia and the imperial fora of Nerva, Vespasian, and Augustus ...

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  • Curia Hostilia

    The Curia Hostilia was one of the original senate houses or 'curia' of the Roman Republic. It is believed to have begun as a temple where the warring tribes laid down their arms during the reign of Romulus (r. c. 771–717 BC) ...

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  • Arch of Septimius Severus

    The white marble Arch of Septimius Severus at the northwest end of the Roman Forum is a triumphal arch dedicated in AD 203 to commemorate the Parthian victories of Emperor Septimius Severus and his two sons, Caracalla and Geta, in the two campaigns against the Parthians of 194/195 and 197-199 ...

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  • Santa Maria in Campitelli

    Santa Maria in Campitelli or Santa Maria in Portico is a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary on the Piazza di Campitelli, Rome, Italy. The church contains a 25 cm-high icon of the Virgin Mary dated by style and dendrochronology to the 11th century, though it had previously been claimed by tradition ...

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  • Temple of Castor and Pollux

    The Temple of Castor and Pollux is an ancient edifice in the Roman Forum, Rome, central Italy. It was originally built in gratitude for victory at the Battle of Lake Regillus (495 BC). Castor and Pollux (Greek Polydeuces) were the Dioscuri, the "twins" of Gemini, the twin sons of Zeus (Jupiter) and ...

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  • Milliarium Aureum

    The Milliarium Aureum (golden milestone) was a monument, probably of gilded bronze, erected by the Emperor Caesar Augustus near the temple of Saturn in the central Forum of Ancient Rome. All roads were considered to begin from this monument and all distances in the Roman Empire were measured ...

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  • Piazza Venezia

    The Piazza Venezia is a major circus and the central hub of Rome, Italy, in which many thoroughfares intersect. It takes its name from Venice ("Venezia" in Italian), after the Venetian Cardinal, Pietro Barbo (later Pope Paul II) who had built the Palazzo Venezia, a palace set next to church of Saint ...

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  • Basilica Ulpia

    The Basilica Ulpia was an ancient Roman civic building located in the Forum of Trajan. The Basilica Ulpia separates the temple from the main courtyard in the Forum of Trajan with the Trajan's Column to the northwest.Tomlinson, R. A. From Mycenae to Constantinople: the Evolution of the Ancient City ...

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  • Bufalini Chapel

    The Bufalini Chapel is a side chapel of the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Rome, Italy. First chapel on the right after the entrance, it houses a cycle of frescoes executed c. 1484-1486 by Pinturicchio depicting the life of the Franciscan friar St. Bernardino of Siena, sainted in 1450. ...

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  • Palazzo Venezia

    The Palazzo di Venezia (formerly Palace of St. Mark) is a palazzo (palace) in central Rome, Italy, just north of the Capitoline Hill. The original structure of this great architectural complex consisted of a modest medieval house intended as the residence of the cardinals appointed to the church of ...

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  • Temple of Concord

    The Temple of Concord in the ancient city of Rome was a temple dedicated to the Roman goddess Concordia at the western end of the Roman Forum. The temple was vowed in 367 BC by Marcus Furius Camillus, but was not actually built until 167 BC.http://books.google ...

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  • Curia

    A curia in early Roman times was a subdivision of the people, i.e. more or less a tribe, and with a metonymy it came to mean also the meeting place where the tribe discussed its affairs. Etymologically it is derived from the Old Latin term "co-viria," literally an "association of men ...

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  • Santi Luca e Martina

    Santi Luca e Martina is a church in Rome, Italy, situated between the Roman Forum and the Forum of Caesar and close to the Arch of Septimus Severus. ...

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  • Doria Pamphilj Gallery

    The Doria Pamphilj Gallery is a large art collection housed in the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj in Rome, Italy. It is situated between the Via del Corso and Via della Gatta. The principal entrance is on the Via del Corso (until recently the entrance to the gallery was from the Piazza del Collegio Romano) ...

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  • House of the Vestals

    The House of the Vestal Virgins was the residence of Vestal Virgins, located behind the circular Temple of Vesta at the eastern edge of the Roman Forum, between the Regia and the Palatine Hill. The domus publicae where the Pontifex Maximus dwelled, was located near the Atrium until that role was ...

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  • Santa Maria Antiqua

    The Ancient church of St Mary is a Roman Catholic Marian church in Rome, built in the 5th century in the Forum Romanum, and for long time the monumental access to the Palatine imperial palaces. This church is the oldest Christian monument in the Roman Forum and includes the earliest Roman depiction ...

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  • Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas

    The Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas is the university of the Dominican Order in Rome, Italy, and one of the principal pontifical universities of the world. The university is also known as the Angelicum in honor of its patron Thomas Aquinas who in the scholastic tradition has been ...

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  • Regia

    The Regia was a structure in Ancient Rome in the Roman Forum that originally served as the residence or one of the main headquarters of kings of Rome and later as the office of the Pontifex Maximus, the high priest of Roman religion ...

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  • Basilica Julia

    The Basilica Julia , is a structure that once stood in the Roman Forum. It was a large, ornate, public building used for meetings and other official business during the early Roman Empire. Its ruins have been excavated ...

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  • Santi Domenico e Sisto

    The Church of Santi Domenico e Sisto (Saints Dominic and Sixtus) is one of the titular churchesSince 21 October 2003. in Rome, Italy in the care of the Roman Catholic Order of Preachers, better known as the Dominicans. It is located at no ...

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  • Temple of Divus Augustus

    The Temple of Divus Augustus was a major temple originally built to commemorate the deified first Roman emperor, Augustus. It was built between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, behind the Basilica Julia, on the site of the house that Augustus had inhabited before he entered public life in the ...

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  • Palazzo Altieri

    Palazzo Altieri is a palace in Rome, which was the home of the Altieri family in the city. The palace faces the square in front of the Church of the Gesù. ...

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  • Temple of Saturn

    The Temple of Saturn (Latin: Templum Saturni or Aedes Saturnus) is a temple to the god Saturn in ancient Rome. The original dedication of a temple to Saturn was traditionally dated to 497 BC,Robert E.A. Palmer, Rome and Carthage at Peace (Franz Steiner, 1997), p ...

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  • Santi Cosma e Damiano

    The basilica of Santi Cosma e Damiano is a church in Rome, Italy, located in the Roman Forum. It is one of the ancient churches called tituli, of which cardinals are patrons as deacons: the Cardinal Deacon of the Titulus Ss. Cosmae et Damiani is Giovanni Cheli ...

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  • Palazzo Muti

    The Palazzo Muti (officially the Palazzo Muti e Santuario della Madonna dell' Archetto) is a large townhouse in the Piazza dei Santi Apostoli, Rome, Italy, built in 1644. Together with the neighboring Palazzo Muti Papazzurri, it originally formed part of a complex of adjoining palazzi and other ...

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  • House of Augustus

    The House of Augustus, or the Domus Augusti, is the first major site upon entering the Palatine Hill in Rome, Italy. It served as the primary residence of Caesar Augustus during his reign. The Domus Augusti should not be confused with the Domus Augustana (also known as the Domus Augustiana), which ...

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  • Trajan's Market

    Trajan's Market is a large complex of ruins in the city of Rome, Italy, located on the Via dei Fori Imperiali, at the opposite end to the Colosseum. The surviving buildings and structures, built as an integral part of Trajan's Forum and nestled against the excavated flank of the Quirinal Hill, ...

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  • Santissimo Nome di Maria al Foro Traiano

    The Church of the Most Holy Name of Mary at the Trajan Forum is a Roman Catholic church in Rome, Italy. This church should not be confused with the church Santissimo Nome di Maria in Via Latina in south-east Rome ...

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  • Temple of Vespasian and Titus

    The Temple of Vespasian and Titus (Platner, Samuel B., and Ashby, Thomas. A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome. London: Oxford UP, 1929; p. 556.) is located in Rome at the western end of the Roman Forum between the Temple of Concordia and the Temple of Saturn ...

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  • Via Sacra

    The Via Sacra was the main street of ancient Rome, leading from the top of the Capitoline Hill, through some of the most important religious sites of the Forum (where it is the widest street), to the Colosseum. The road was part of the traditional route of the Roman Triumph that began on the ...

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  • Imperial fora

    The Imperial Fora (Fori Imperiali in Italian) consist of a series of monumental fora (public squares), constructed in Rome over a period of one and half centuries, between 46 BC and 113 AD. The forums were the center of the Roman Republic and of the Roman Empire ...

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  • San Marco, Rome

    San Marco is a minor basilica in Rome dedicated to St. Mark the Evangelist located in the small Piazza di San Marco adjoining Piazza Venezia. It was first built in 336 by Pope Mark, whose remains are in an urn located below the main altar. The basilica is the national church of Venice in Rome. ...

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  • Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius

    The Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius is an ancient Roman statue in the Campidoglio, Rome, Italy. It is made of bronze and stands 4.24 m tall. Although the emperor is mounted, it exhibits many similarities to standing statues of Augustus ...

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  • Tarpeian Rock

    The Tarpeian Rock (Latin, Rupes Tarpeia or Saxum Tarpeium) was a steep cliff of the southern summit of the Capitoline Hill, overlooking the Roman Forum in Ancient Rome. It was used during the Roman Republic as an execution site ...

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  • Arch of Augustus, Rome

    The Arch of Augustus was the triumphal arch of Augustus, located in the Roman Forum. It spanned the road between the Temple of Castor and Pollux and the Temple of Caesar, near the Temple of Vesta. Dedicated in 29 BC, it commemorates the Battle of Actium (31 BC) against Mark Antony and Cleopatra ...

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  • Lacus Curtius

    The Lacus Curtius was a mysterious pit in the ground in the Roman Forum, now small, more or less filled in and paved over with ancient stone, but once said to have been a widening chasm. Its nature and significance in Rome's early history is unknown, and this was already the case by the late ...

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  • Santa Caterina dei Funari

    Santa Caterina dei Funari is a church in Rome in Italy, in the rione of Sant'Angelo. The church is mainly known for its façade and its interior with frescoes and paintings. ...

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  • Temple of Antoninus and Faustina

    The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina is an ancient Roman temple in Rome, adapted to the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda. It stands in the Forum Romanum, on the Via Sacra, opposite the Regia. ...

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  • Torre delle Milizie

    The Torre delle Milizie ("Tower of the Militia") is a fortified tower in Rome, Italy, annexed to the Trajan's Market in the Imperial fora. ...

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  • Column of Phocas

    The Column of Phocas , is a Roman monumental column in the Roman Forum of Rome, Italy. Erected before the Rostra and dedicated or rededicated in honour of the Eastern Roman Emperor Phocas on August 1, 608, was the last addition made to the Forum Romanum. The fluted Corinthian column stands 13 ...

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  • Cordonata

    Cordonata (Italian noun, from cordone, meaning "lineal architectonic element which emphasizes a limit") is a sloping road composed of transversal stripes ("cordoni"), which are made with stone or bricks. It has a form almost similar to a flight of steps, but allows the transit of horses and donkeys ...

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  • Municipio XIX

    Municipio XIX Country: Municipality: Rome Area:131.28 km² Population:184,911 (2010) Pop. density:1,408.49 km² President:Alfredo Milioni Website: Map The Municipio XIX, is an administrative subdivision of the city of Rome. It is situated to the north-west part of the municipality of Rome. ...

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  • Santa Maria di Loreto, Rome

    Santa Maria di Loreto is a 16th century church in Rome, central Italy, located just across the street from the Trajan's Column, near the giant Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II. ...

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  • Temple of Venus Genetrix

    The Temple of Venus Genetrix is a ruined temple in the Forum of Caesar, Rome, dedicated to the Roman goddess Venus Genetrix, the goddess of motherhood and domesticity. It was dedicated to the goddess in 46 BC by Julius Caesar. ...

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  • Vulcanal

    The Shrine of Vulcan — or Vulcanal, or Volcanal — was an 8th century BC sacred precinct on the future site of the Roman Forum.Coarelli, Filippo (1983), Il Foro Romano, 1: Periodo arcaico, pp 164 ff. Dedicated to Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, it was traditionally considered to commemorate the spot ...

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  • Gemonian stairs

    The Gemonian Stairs were a flight of steps located in the ancient city of Rome. Nicknamed the Stairs of Mourning, the stairs are infamous in Roman history as a place of execution. ...

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  • Marforio

    Marphurius or Marforio (; Medieval) is one of the talking statues of Rome. Marforio maintained a friendly rivalry with his most prominent rival, Pasquin. As at the other five "talking statues", pasquinades — irreverent satires poking fun at public figures — were posted beside Marforio in the 16th ...

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  • Santa Maria della Consolazione

    Santa Maria della Consolazione is a Roman Catholic church in Rome at the foot of the Palatine Hill, in rione Campitelli. ...

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  • Palazzo Grazioli

    Palazzo Grazioli is a building situated at Via del Plebiscito 102 between the Palazzo Doria Pamphili and Palazzo Altieri in Rome, Italy, in an area rich in archaeological remains of ancient Rome, the result of numerous modifications and restoration work carried out by several noble Roman families ...

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  • Santa Maria in Via Lata

    Santa Maria in Via Lata is a church on the Via del Corso (the ancient Via Lata), in Rome, Italy. It stands diagonal from the church of San Marcello al Corso. ...

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  • Cloaca Maxima

    The Cloaca Maxima (also called the Maxima Cloaca) is one of the world's earliest sewage systems. Constructed in Ancient Rome in order to drain local marshes and remove the waste of one of the world's most populous cities, it carried effluent to the River Tiber, which ran beside the city ...

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  • Temple of Veiovis

    The Temple of Veiovis in ancient Rome was the temple of the god Veiovis. ...

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  • Palazzo Colonna

    The Palazzo Colonna is a palatial block of buildings in central Rome, Italy, at the base of the Quirinal Hill, and adjacent to the church of Santi Apostoli. It is built in part over ruins of an old Roman Serapeum, and has belonged to the prestigious Colonna family for over twenty generations. ...

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  • San Silvestro al Quirinale

    San Silvestro al Quirinale (or St. Sylvester on Quirinal Hill) is a historic church in central Rome, Italy. It is located near Via XXIV Maggio corner with Via Mazzarino, a few blocks south of the Piazza del Quirinale. ...

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  • Municipio I

    Municipio I Country: Municipality: Rome Area:14.30 km² Population:131,881 (2010) Pop. density:9,221.8 km² President:Orlando Corsetti Website: Map The Municipio I, is an administrative subdivision of the city of Rome. It is the center of the municipality of Rome ...

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  • Lacus Juturnae

    The Lacus Iuturnae — or Lacus Juturnae or Spring of Juturna — is the name of a formal pool built by the Romans near a spring or well in the Roman Forum. The pool was part of a shrine dedicated to the water nymph Juturna, and the name Lacus Iuturnae is also used for the spring and the shrine, both ...

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  • Palazzo Muti Papazzurri

    This palazzo should not be confused with the Palazzo Muti e Santuario della Madonna dell' Archetto Palazzo Muti Papazzurri is a Baroque palazzo in Rome. It was built in 1660 by the architect Mattia de' Rossi, a pupil of Gian Lorenzo Bernini ...

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  • Santi Quirico e Giulietta

    The chiesa dei Santi Quirico e Giulitta is a church on via Tor de’ Conti in the Monti rione of Rome. It is dedicated to Quiricus and Julietta, two 4th century martyrs. ...

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  • Umbilicus urbis Romae

    The Umbilicus Urbis Romae —"Navel of the City of Rome"—was the symbolic centre of the city from which, and to which, all distances in Ancient Rome were measured. It was situated in the Roman Forum where its remnants can still be seen ...

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  • Shrine of Venus Cloacina

    The Shrine of Venus Cloacina (Sacella Cloacinae or Sacrum Cloacina) — the "Shrine of Venus of the Sewer" — was a small sanctuary on the Roman Forum, honoring the divinity of the Cloaca Maxima, the spirit of the "Great Drain" or Sewer of Rome ...

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  • Torre dei Conti

    The Torre dei Conti is a medieval fortified tower in Rome, Italy, located near the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. The tower was one of the most impressive towers that dominated medieval Rome. It was built in 1238 by Richard Conti, brother of Pope Innocent III as a fortified residence for his family, ...

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  • San Giuseppe dei Falegnami

    San Giuseppe dei Falegnami (Italian, "St. Joseph of the Carpenters") is a Roman Catholic church, located in the Forum in Rome, Italy. In 1540, the Congregation of the Carpenters had leased the former church of San Pietro in Carcere which was located over the Mamertine Prison, which by legend had ...

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  • Temple of Janus (Roman Forum)

    In ancient Rome, the main Temple of Janus stood in the Roman Forum. It had doors on both ends, and inside was a statue of Janus, the two-faced god of boundaries. The Temple doors (the "Gates of Janus") were closed in times of peace and opened in times of war ...

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  • Sacred fire of Vesta

    The sacred fire of Vesta was a holy fire in Ancient Rome. The Vestal Virgins, originally numbering two, later four and eventually six, were selected by lot and served for thirty years, tending the holy fire and performing other rituals connected to domestic life—among them were the ritual ...

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  • Arch of Tiberius

    The Arch of Tiberius ("Arcus Tiberi") was built (16 CE) in the Forum Romanum to celebrate the recovery of the eagle standards that had been lost to Germanic tribes by Varus in 9 CE. The Roman general Germanicus had recovered the standards in 15 or 16 CE ...

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  • Fontana di Piazza d'Aracoeli

    The fountain in the Piazza d'Aracoeli is a fountain in Rome, Italy, located at the base of the Capitoline Hill. It is one of the first, and simplest, of Renaissance fountains that would embellish the city. Two circular basins, capture the water, the top ringed by children pouring water from jugs, ...

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  • Forum Piscarium

    The Forum Piscarium was the fish forum venalium of ancient Rome, north of the Roman Forum, between the Sacra Via and the Argiletum. It was burned in 210 BC and rebuilt the next year. In 179 it was incorporated in the general Macellum, built by Marcus Fulvius Nobilior in the same region ...

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