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Basilica Julia, Rome

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The Basilica Julia (Italian: Basilica Giulia) was a structure that once stood in the Roman Forum. It was a large, ornate, public building used for meetings and other official business during the Roman Empire. Its ruins have been excavated. What is left from its classical period are mostly foundations, floors, a small back corner wall with a few arches that are part of both the original building and later Imperial reconstructions and a single column from its first building phase.

The Basilica Julia was built on the site of the earlier Basilica Sempronia (170 BC) along the south side of the Forum, opposite the Basilica Aemilia. It was initially dedicated in 46 BC by Julius Caesar, with building costs paid from the spoils of the Gallic War, and was completed by Augustus, who named the building after his adoptive father. The ruins which have been excavated date to a reconstruction of the Basilica by the Emperor Diocletian, after a fire in 283 AD destroyed the earlier structure.
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  • The Basilica Julia is located in the Roman Forum and housed the courts of law, banking and government offices. It was a favourite meeting ground in ancient Rome with shops and bustling with people...  more »
  • Gaius Julius Caesar began this civic basilica in 54BC at the same time as the new forum of Caesar. It was home to the governmental offices, banks and courts of the day. It burned in 12 BC, rebuilt...  more »
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  • Nice walk around the ruins - can spend an hour or so to see it all
  • A quick Segway view for the kid

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