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Forum Romanum

Today's remains of the Forum Romanum presents an utterly chaotic place to many of its visitors. To the tourist uninitiated in the layout of ancient Rome's town centre it can appear a dismal pile of rubble which urgently needs clearing up. And yet, to those who know of the buildings, their uses and former glory, visiting the Forum is a fascinating experience.
For to most interested in Roman history the Forum truly is hallowed ground.

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Above is the entrance to the Via Sacra from the Colosseum.
Below you'll find further impressions of the Forum. At the very bottom of the page are pictures of the great model of ancient Rome at the Museo della Civilta in Rome, including some descriptions as to what is what.

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Above: Looking from a central position (approximately around the are of the Temple of the Divine Julius) towards the Capitoline Hill
Below: Looking from the slope of the Capitoline Hill down onto the Forum.

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Above: Roughly at the remains of the Arch of Augustus, looking towards the Temple of Vesta and the Palatine Hill behind it
Below: Apporximately in front of the Rostra, gazing across the Forum towards the Arch of Titus

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Below: Some of the bases and remains of the commemorative triumphal columns which ran in a line along the Forum's
main square

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To the left:

Basilica of Maxentius
Temple of Romulus
Temple of Antoninus and Faustina
Basilica Aemilia
Curia

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Model of Rome in the days of Constantine the Great
Museo della Civilta, Rome
To the right:

Palace of the Vestals
Temple of Vesta
Arch of Augustus
Temple of Castor and Pollux
Basilica Julia

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In the Center:

the 'Via Sacra'

Colosseum
Temple of Venus and Roma
Temple of the Divine Julius

The Forum Romanum was the first Roman forum which had grown to be the centre of Roman life ever since it had been drained in the very early days of Roman history, during the reign of king Tarquinus Priscus (616-579 BC). Additions to the Forum and Via Sacra (the 'sacred way') were made by successive rulers of the empire, creating a splendid array of some of the finest architecture of the day.

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Model of Rome in the days of Constantine the Great
Museo della Civilta, Rome
Far end of the Forum:

Rostra
Arch of Severus
Temple of Saturn
Temple of Vespasian
Temple of Concord
Tabularium

The square of the Forum Romanum, as the virtual forecourt to the Roman senate house, was the political nerve centre of old Rome. The large raised platform, the Rostra, was used by politicians to hold speeches to the gathered crowds. Triumphal columns commemorated great deeds of the past. And on the slope of the Capitoline Hill the Tabularium, the very foundation of Roman society. For it was there the records were kept of the Roman citizenry, their families and ancestry.