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Curia Julia, Rome

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The Curia Julia (Latin: Curia Iulia, Italian: Curia Iulia) is the third named curia, or senate house, in the ancient city of Rome. It was built in 44 BC, when Julius Caesar replaced Faustus Cornelius Sulla's reconstructed Curia Cornelia, which itself had replaced the Curia Hostilia. Caesar did so to redesign both spaces within the Comitium and the Roman Forum. The alterations within the Comitium reduced the prominence of the Senate and cleared the original space. The work, however, was interrupted by Caesar's assassination at the Theatre of Pompey, where the Senate had been meeting temporarily while the work was completed. The project was eventually finished by Caesar's successor, Augustus Caesar, in 29 BC.
The Curia Julia is one of a handful of Roman structures that survive mostly intact. This is due to its conversion into the basilica of Sant'Adriano al Foro in the 7th century and several later restorations. However, the roof, the upper elevations of the side walls and the rear façade are modern and date from the remodeling of the deconsecrated church, in the 1930s.

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  • Julius Caesar started to built the Curia Julia (i.e. a Senate House named after himself) in 44 B.C.. This Senate House replaced Curia Cornelia, which in turn had replaced Curia Hostilia, in this same....  more »
  • My first photo is a statue of one of the first co-consuls of the Roman Republic in 509 BC: Publius Valerius Publicola. It is found in the National Roman Museum. His good friend: Lucius Junius...  more »
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  • Never been there yet, but I'm sure it's a wonderful place.
  • Former site of the Roman senate. Amazing!

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