Basilica Emilia (Aemilia)

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The Basilica Emilia (Aemilia) in the Roman Forum (Foro Romano) took the name from the Emilia family, which members many times took care about its restoration and embellishment. It was initially called Fulvia or Fulvia Aemilia and was restored several times by members of the Aemilia Gens, from which it took its definitive name. The construction is 70m long, 29m wide and was built in 179 b.C. by Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Marcus Fulvius Nobilior; it was one of the most ancient and richest in Rome. In front of basilica was a central square of the Forum with a two-storeyed portico.

Basilica Emilia (Aemilia) in the Roman Forum (Foro Romano).
Interior was divided into two parts of which one was a big hall served for administration of justice and negotiation of public affairs, and was divided by columns of African marble in three naves, which the side aisles 5m large and the central one 10m large; the second part of the interior was split into little rooms.

The facade consisted of a two-story portico with sixteen arches on pillars with semicolumns. Behind the portico were the shops, from which three arched entrances (the one that is complete is of the modern age) led to a majestic hall divided in naves by marble columns. The plaster cast of a tract of the frieze that decorated the trabeation with scenes of the legendary origin of Rome is placed next to the outer wall.
Basilica Emilia (Aemilia) in the Roman Forum (Foro Romano) 2.
Basilica Emilia was reconstructed by Augustus after the fire damaged it, and it was completely destroyed by fire during the sack of Alaric's Goths in 410 A.D. This is the only Republican Basilica to survive. The ruins of the more ancient Basilica are still visible on the western side.

Basilica Emilia (Aemilia)
Via della Salara Vecchia (Via di San Gregorio)
00186 , Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Campitelli (Foro Romano- Campidoglio-P.Venezia) (Roma centro)/ Rione Celio (Terme di Caracalla) (Roma centro)
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