Palace of Septimius Severus (Settimio Severo/ Domus Severiana) on the Palatine Hill

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On entering the complex from Via di San Gregorio, head uphill on the Palatine Hill until you come to the first recognizable construction, the Stadium of Domitian (Stadio di Domiziano). Adjoining the stadium are the scant remains of the complex built by Septimius Severus, comprising baths (Terme di Settimio Severo) and a palace (Domus Severiana ). Palace of Septimius Severus/ Palazzo di Settimio Severo (Domus Severiana)/ House of Septimius Severus was probably begun by Domitian, but was finished only a century later by Septimius Severus. The structure of the building on the ground floor is typical for the Roman baths; on the upper floor was a great terrace for the spectators of the performances in Circus Maximus.

Palace of Septimius Severus/ Palazzo di Settimio Severo (Domus Severiana)/ House of Septimius Severus on the Palatine Hill
As virtually the whole of the Palatine Hill had been covered with Imperial Palaces, this African-born Emperor built his beyond Domitian's Palace on a terrace supported by enormous brick arches.

Adjoining the "Stadium" he added gorgeous "Baths" connected to the Aqua Claudia springs by the aqueduct you can see at the West End of the Palatine.

In the southern corner of the Palatine is the probable site of the Septizonium or Septizodium or Septifolium or Septem Sola, a theatric construction with three floors, each decorated with columns and the facade vertically divided into seven zones, as the days of the week or the planets. It was erected in the end of Via Appia via which the visitors from all over the world who entered Rome at Porta Capena, and served to impress them with this imposing view. But in the end of the 16th century Sixtus V ordered to demolish it to take its stones and marbles for construction of the Chapel in S.Maria Maggiore, which bore the name of the pope.

Domus Augustana (Augustus’ house/ Casa di Augusto) [Imperial residence] refers to the entire imperial residential complex. The area visible today is almost entirely the work of Domitian and his architect Rabirius. Although modifications and masonry of other periods can be distinguished, these are work of repair and redecoration rather than remodeling or rebuilding. The only significant additions of a later period seem to be those of Septimius Severus (Domus Severiana) which amounted to a whole new complex, almost a new palace. The plan of the superstructure is entirely lost.

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Palace of Septimius Severus (Settimio Severo/ Domus Severiana) on the Palatine Hill
Via di San Gregorio, 30
00186 , Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Campitelli (Foro Romano - Campidoglio - P.Venezia) (Roma centro)
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Also See: Palace of Flavian (Flavia), Augustana (Augustus) & Stadium of Domitian (Domiziano) on the Palatine Hill

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