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Curiosities of ancient Rome (Monuments)

The world of ancient Romans abounded in a number of amazing curiosities and information. The source of knowledge about the life of the Romans are mainly works left to us by ancient writers or discoveries. The Romans left behind a lot of strange information and facts that are sometimes hard to believe.

Roman fort Ardoch

Roman fort Ardoch was located near the village of Braco, in Perthshire, Scotland. Currently there is green grass; However, what is amazing is great today to see the outline of the fort, ditches and entry roads.

Roman fort Ardoch

Remains of Roman fort Kaims in Scotland

Remains of the Roman fort Kaims in Scotland, which is located in Perthshire (central Scotland). The discovery of this place was made by Professor D. Christison in 1900. The place is very well preserved and can be visited free of charge.

The remains of the Roman fort Kaims in Scotland

Monte Testaccio – Roman mountain of garbage

In Rome, there is an artificially built mountain, which entirely consists of fragments of about 53 million Roman amphoras, in which olive oil was stored. It is the largest Roman dump – the so-called Monte Testaccio (also called Monte Testaceo or Monte dei cocci; in English Testacio).

Monte Testaccio - Roman mountain of garbage

Domus Gai – Caligula’s palace in Forum Romanum

The Caligula Palace called “Domus Gai” or “Domus Caligolae” was actually part of the extensive imperial complex located at the foot of the Palatine, next to the Forum, at the back of the temple of Castor and Pollux. What did he look like? Only small fragments of its foundations, included in later buildings, have been preserved and examined.

Approximate location of Caligula's Palace - Domus Gai

Catacombs of Saint Callixtus

In the first century, the Christians of Rome did not have their own cemeteries and used common burial places. For this reason, Saint. Peter was buried on Vatican Hill accessible to everyone; similarly, saint Paul – in the necropolis on Via Ostiense. Over time, the Christian community decided that it was necessary to create separate burial places for the followers of Jesus.

Crypt of the Popes, Catacombs of St. Callixtus

Roman ruins in Troia, Portugal

The Troia Peninsula, located south of Setubal and Lisbon (Portugal), played a very important role in the fisheries sector in Roman times. The center operated until the 6th century CE.

Roman ruins in Troia, Portugal

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