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Insula dell'Ara Coeli, Rome

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  • Roll back the years where the lower cast would reside and then go to the local cafe to meet friends. Apartments from Roman history. Would recommend a visit.  more »
  • Today I am in the square of the Ara Coeli, between the Victorian and the staircase of the same name, where the remains of an insula are visible, the most common type of dwelling in imperial Rome. The term "insula" referred to the rental house, surrounded by a free space, the ambitus, while the domus was the house owned, with atrium and peristyle. The building, consisting of at least five floors, still existing today, could accommodate up to 400 people. A typical example of intensive housing that was Rome's at the height of the imperial age when, due to the exponential increase in the resident population, the consequent need for new housing and the lack of building land led to the construction of buildings with development in height. A real dormitory, where you had to climb even numerous steps to reach your homes, which did not have to be so comfortable. Conceptually, by analogy, it reminds me of today's social housing, those huge palaces that are the result of a cementing that has changed the urban fabric.
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  • Sometimes the rush forward is paused to consider the value of saving something precious and unique. This is one such example, and is worth stopping to appreciate.  more »
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