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Basilica of Maxentius

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Address: Via Sacra 1, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Incredible skills in engineering & construction

As others have said, the Basilica of Maxentius is the largest structure in the Roman Forum. Construction was started by Emperor Maxentius and completed by Constantine nearly 2,000... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 21, 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2015

As others have said, the Basilica of Maxentius is the largest structure in the Roman Forum. Construction was started by Emperor Maxentius and completed by Constantine nearly 2,000 years ago. Their engineering and construction skills back then were nothing short of incredible. We did a tour of many parts of the Ancient Rome area and could have spent a lot... More 

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Lorraine, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Basilica of Maxentius was apparently the biggest building in the Roman Forum and although only a very small portion of the basilica remains, you can tell it must have been an impressive building back then. Even now it is still a very impressive structure. The Basilica of Maxentius construction was Begun by Maxentius and finished by the emperor Constantine... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2014

This is the biggest building in the Forum. You can get up close and see the engineering (similar roof structure to the Pantheon)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2014

After the Colosseum this is by far the most imposing structure in the area. It's worth walking up as close as you can to get a good idea of its proportion and size. A great testament to the strength of Roman architecture.

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Darwin, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2014

It must have been an impressive building when it was built, even now what ruins remain are impressive. When you visit the Forum you will walk past it and you can also view part of it from the Colosseum. One of the many interesting buildings to see here.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014

Favourite sport of Italians- doing renovations in the tourist season :) Still, makes a great impression from the outside.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014

Simply fantastic, placed inside the roman forum specifically along the Sacred Way, the Basilica of Maxentius is an architectural work of the Roman era dating back to 300 AD . Also know as the Basilica Nova this is one of Rome 's most imposing building, the construction was Begun by Maxentius and finished by the emperor Constantine . Unfortunately the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013

As you walk along the Via Sacra from the Arch of Titus toward the Capitoline Hill, the Basilica of Maxentius is on your right. Only a portion of the basilica remains but if you can visualize how big this must have been, it's amazing. Maxentius started construction here, but it was finished by Constantine after Maxentius was killed in the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

On its own the Basilica of Maxentius is not so impressive as only 1/3 of the original structure remains and it is in a fairly poor state or repair. However, it is part of the Roman Forums - which when all taken together - is all very impressive. The basilica will probably be a 3 minute detour off your walking... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

Just another fabulous piece of anciet Rome. I recommend you visit it in May or June, when International Rome Literature Festival is held here. You will also have the possibility to listen to writers from all over the world reading their pieces.

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