Pictures were taken by Gertrude Meyer
on May 2, 2005.

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Photo by Gertrude Meyer

Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill is where they build their palaces. This is where our palace comes from.

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Photo by Gertrude Meyer

Former Temple of Antonius & Faustina

Photo by Gertrude Meyer

Basilica Of Maxentius
The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina was erected by senate decree on the deification of the wife of the Emperor Antonius Pius. At first, it was dedicated to the Empress Faustina alone in 141 AD, and then, jointly to Antoninus after his death 20 years later.

The portico was formed by six columns and was 56 feet high. The frieze was richly decorated with griffins and candelabra. It is one of the best-preserved monuments in the Forum. In the early Middle Ages, the 12th century, it was transformed into the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda. The long grooves crossing the top of the columns served to hold the cords used in an attempt to pull the ancient building down, providing proof of the repeated pillaging of the monuments of the Roman Forum carried out throughout the Middle Ages.

The porportions of the the Basilica of Maxentius were absolutely huge, as these arches, partially hidden, give testiment.

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