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Basilica Giulia, Rome

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#312 of 526 in Historic Sites in Rome
The Basilica Julia was 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. What is left from its classical period are mostly foundations, floors, a small back corner wall with a few arches that are part of both the original building and later Imperial reconstructions and a single column from its first building phase.The Basilica Julia was built on the site of the earlier Basilica Sempronia along the south side of the Forum, opposite the Basilica Aemilia. It was initially dedicated in 46 BC by Julius Caesar, with building costs paid from the spoils of the Gallic War, and was completed by Augustus, who named the building after his adoptive father.History and useThe building burned shortly after its completion, but was repaired and rededicated in 12 AD. The Basilica was again reconstructed by the Emperor Diocletian after the fire of 283 AD.The Basilica housed the civil law courts and tabernae (shops), and provided space for government offices and banking. In the 1st century, it also was used for sessions of the Centumviri (Court of the Hundred), who presided over matters of inheritance. In his Epistles, Pliny the Younger describes the scene as he pleaded for a senatorial lady whose 80-year-old father had disinherited her ten days after taking a new wife.
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  • This Basilica occupies the space of the oldest basilicas the Sempronia built in 170BC. This basilica was constructed starting in 54BC. It had been rebuilt many times due to fire damage. The building c...  more »
  • The remains of this Basilica in the area of the holes are true history of Rome. A building, at least the remains that remain, are 2000 years old.... just to think of this come the chills.
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  • Ruins.... ruins and ruins again.... when you see the state of all the historical sites of the city you think it's too late to be maintained and certainly for this site ... indeed, we can still fortunately get an idea of life in Roman times but do not expect to see yet would be only one statue in place because there are no more ... the basilica like all the site that surrounds it has been over and over the centuries plundered and the state has never thought to spend too much budget to maintain its heritage. ..... shame.
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  • Nice walk around the ruins - can spend an hour or so to see it all
  • A quick Segway view for the kid
  • The Basilica Julia was where trials took place, so it is very possible that the Apostle Paul, being a Roman Citizen, was tried and condemned to death by a Roman Court meeting in this structure in the first century.
  • wouldn't recommend
  • Best appreciated from the viewing platform in the gardens above.
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