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Five things you may not know about Rome's Imperial Fora

The Imperial Fora are a series of five monumental squares built over a century and a half (between 46 BC and 113 AD) in the heart of the city of Rome by Julius Caesar and the emperors Augustus, Vespasian, Nerva and Trajan.

They represent one of the main attractions of the Eternal City, thanks to their state of preservation and above all their very long history. In fact, their construction coincides with the maximum extension of the Roman Empire, and they therefore represent the true cradle of our civilisation.

Given their long centuries of life, many are the curiosities they still conceal. But even simply shedding some light on their names and layout can be really interesting.

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Five interesting facts about the Imperial Fora
The Imperial Fora are a series of five monumental squares built over a century and a half (between 46 BC and 113 AD) in the heart of the city of Rome by Julius Caesar and the emperors Augustus, Vespasian, Nerva and Trajan. They represent one of the main attractions of the Eternal City, thanks to their state of preservation and above all their very long history. In fact, their construction coincides with the maximum extension of the Roman Empire, and they therefore represent the true cradle of our civilisation. Given their long centuries of life, many are the curiosities they still conceal. But even simply shedding some light on their names and layout can be really interesting.
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The nearly impossible excavations
It is known that digging underground in Rome is very complicated given the number of artefacts that can be found. In the area of the Fora, especially, it was almost impossible to dig up everything found without damaging something else. The ground was so full of ancient artefacts that the excavations took years. Among the various finds were statues, column bases, reliefs and other objects of great historical and artistic interest.
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The Forum of Caesar and the Forum of Trajan
The Forum of Trajan is one of the largest and most magnificent, with the famous Trajan column, some 30 metres high, depicting episodes from the Dacian wars led by Emperor Trajan. In contrast, the Forum of Caesar, completed in 46 B.C., was the first of these fora to be built by Julius Caesar. This space also included the Temple of Divus Julius, dedicated to the cult of the late emperor.
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What were the Imperial Fora
Originally, the Imperial Fora were conceived as a series of monumental squares, built by the various Roman emperors between the 1st century BC and the 2nd century AD in order to celebrate their military victories and display the power of the Empire.
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World Heritage
In 2007, the Imperial Fora were included in the UNESCO World Heritage list as an extraordinary testimony to the architecture and history of ancient Rome.
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The "Via dei Fori Imperiali"
The Via dei Fori Imperiali is the modern road that runs through the area, and was built between 1931 and 1933 by the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini to celebrate the Roman Empire and connect the Colosseum with Piazza Venezia. Still today it is one of the most striking and scenic streets in the entire city.
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