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Forum of Nerva, Rome

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Forum of Nerva is an ancient structure in Rome, Italy, chronologically the next to the last of the Imperial fora built.HistoryThe Forum of Nerva was the fourth and smallest of the imperial fora. Its construction was started by Emperor Domitian before the year 85 AD, but officially completed and opened by his successor, Nerva, in 97 AD, hence its official name. It is also referred to as the "Transient Forum" (Forum Transitorium) from its function and location between Forum of Augustus and Forum of Vespasian, an area through which the street called the Via Argiletum ran between the residential district of Subura and the Roman Forum. This street had long served as a market area, especially for booksellers and cobblers; the new forum continued to serve as both a thoroughfare and as a monumental entrance to the larger Roman Fora.The plan of the Forum of Nerva is long and narrow, with protruding columns decorating the walls instead of arcades. A temple dedicated to Minerva dominated the western end, behind which was a monumental entrance.Following the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, the area reverted to marshland. In the 9th century, a number of houses were built on the site, with materials salvaged from the ruins. The temple of Minerva remained relatively intact until its demolition by Pope Paul V in 1606 to provide materials for the Acqua Paola fountain in the Janiculum, and the Borghese chapel in Santa Maria Maggiore.
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  • Located behind the statue of Emperor Nerva (his short reigned from 96-98 AD was not easy as he had little control over the army and had big financial/money problems) is the remans of his forum, Nerva ...  more »
  • The smallest of the 5 Imperial forums. Dedicated to Minerva is located right next to the forum of Augustus. There are only 2 colones and a few low reliefs, but the view is superb from overhanging Street, guaranteeing the success of great photos. The panels provide sketches to realize monuments when they were still standing.
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  • Alessandrina Street ruins along at night as well in the light you can see from the street. 0/97 has been completed. Augustus's public square, and crowded. Reused building materials, such as the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is the temple is demolished. It is one of the history of the destruction of the past and building.
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  • The temple of Minerva and so called "colonnace"
  • Very well light settings during night and documentation about the place is cool to understand what is this place is.
  • Just amazing
  • Another interesting structure close to Colosseum, where you can have a look at the history!
  • The extensive history of the Forum of Nerva is as captivating as the other Forums.

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