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Curiosities of ancient Rome (Places)

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.

Renovated temple dedicated to Mithra

The restored temple of Mithra can be visited in the Aquincum Archaeological Park in the Óbuda district of Budapest since 2018. The renovated building has been reopened on the day of Summer solstice and the author had an opportunity to be the first visitor there.

Porta Principalis Dextra in Eboracum

Roman gate porta Principalis Dextra in Eboracum (present York, England), located to the right of the headquarters (praetorium). In Roman times, there was a Roman camp in the present-day area of ​​the city. Nowadays there is also a pub called “Lamb and lion inn”.

Tarpeian Rock – place of execution

Tarpeian Rock (Saxum Tarpeium) is a rocky cliff on the southern slope of the Capitol, facing the Roman Forum. In the republican times, this place was used for executions – throwing convicts from Rock.

Where is tomb of Caesar?

When visiting the Forum Romanum, many people notice flowers placed in the niche of the wall of Caesar’s temple in memory of his memory. This is where Caesar was to be cremated, which is why many people intuitively point to this place as his burial place. But is it possible that the tomb of the dictator is there?

House of Aufidia Valentilla

In February 2020, it is a great pleasure to enter one of the closed facilities that are not open to tourists on a daily basis. What are we talking about? About the domus belonging to a certain Aufidia Valentilla.

Possible sightseeing of Roman ship near coast of Spain

Near Villajoyosa (eastern coast of Spain), at the bottom of the sea, there is a Roman shipwreck (called Bou Ferrer) from the 1st century CE. The vessel is located at a depth of about 25 meters and about 1000 meters from the shore. Since 2013, the wreck has been made available to tourists for sightseeing.

Roman city of Viriconium Cornoviorum

Viriconium Cornoviorum (now Wroxeter in the West of England) was founded as a Roman fort (castrum) in the middle of the 1st century CE, which was the base for the 14th Gemina legion, invading Wales. The city developed at the end of the 1st century and became the fourth largest city in Roman Britain.

Insula Ara Coeli – level difference

Insula Ara Coeli in Rome. The photos were taken from the level of a modern pavement; underground is a high ground floor and a mezzanine. The photos perfectly show how the ground level has risen over the centuries.

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