Palace of Domitian (Domus Flavia), Rome

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The Palace of Domitian sits atop the Palatine Hill, and was built as Domitian's imperial palace. Designed by the architect, Rabirius, the Palace is a massive three-part structure, separated to allow business matters and private life to be conducted in parallel. The modern names used for these parts are: the Domus Flavia the Domus Augustana the garden or "stadium". The structure is near the House of Augustus. The palace was built on top of earlier buildings, notably Nero's Domus Transitoria and the Republican House of the Griffins, significant remains of which have been discovered.The palace remained the official residence of the emperors until the end of the Empire.Domus FlaviaThe Domus Flavia is the public wing which has three vaulted halls facing the Forum Romanum. Of the three halls, two are basilicas and the other an aula regia (audience hall). Domitian was able to look upon his visitors from a vaulted apse above. This architectural detail was repeated in the Temples of Venus Genetrix and the Mars Ultor in the Fora of Caesar and Augustus.Domus AugustanaThe Domus Augustana was believed to be the private wing of the palace.The Garden or "stadium"The so-called "Hippodrome" or "Stadium" of Domitian extends over the entire eastern side of the Domus Augustana. It has the appearance of a Roman Circus but is too small to accommodate chariots.
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  • This large Domus was the first palace built on the hill of Palatino, started from Domitian in 92 and continued by Nerone . This part of the palace was for public use , it was connected with Domus...  more »
  • I found this place on the TripAdvisor. It was really nice to see it. It is fascinating that ruins 4.5 m bellow the Piazza are so well preserved since the newer buildings are above them (it might be...  more »
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  • The Flavian Palace (Domus Flavian) on Rome’s prestigious Palatine Hill was an Ancient Roman palace built by the Emperor Domitian in the first century AD. A place where official functions were held, the Flavian Palace was the public counterpart to Domus Augustana, which served as the private home of Rome’s emperors. The fountains in the courtyard of Flavian Palace are some of its most impressive remains.

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