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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 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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  • The newest and smallest of the imperial forums. Closed for visitors, it can be seen only by Via Fori Imperiali.  more »
  • The Forum of Nerva was the fourth and smallest of the imperial fora. Built by Domitian, this forum served to connect the other two forums together as well as the Temple of Peace. The Forum of Nerva wa...  more »
  • Construction was finished in the 1st century under Emperor Nerva. This long and very narrow structure had a Temple built inside it (Temple of Minerva, not to be confused with the Temple of Minerva Med...  more »