Ancient Ruins I


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One of the largest and most important archaeological sites in the world, right there in the heart of Rome, used to be a giant marshland more than 3,000 years ago.

It is thanks to the Roman engineering and ingenuity that the famous drainage system was built, called Cloaca Maxima. It was used to drain the water from the fields, and a huge section of the Eternal City was built on that spot.

Forum Romanum, or Foro as Italians call it, was the center of the Roman Empire in the ancient world. It also featured markets, taverns, squares and giant monumets and basilicas. Ancient rulers oversaw the giant Empire from here, while citizens came here to socialise, learn the news or watch the (preferably bloody) games.

Head up the Campidoglio Terraces for a spectacular view of The Forum and the Colosseum, and take a walk among the incredible ruins of once imperial city.

Address: Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, Rome

For tickets and opening hours visit: CoopCulture

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Roman Forum

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Roman Forum (LatinForum RomanumItalianForo Romano) 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.

It was for centuries the center of Roman public life: the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue for public speeches,criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches; and the nucleus of commercial affairs. Here statues and monuments commemorated the city’s great men. The teeming heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history.[1] Located in the small valley between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Forum today is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and intermittent archaeological excavations attracting 4.5 million sightseers yearly


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