Via Sacra (Sacred Road)

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This is the oldest street in Rome, and it crosses the whole of the Forum. This Via Sacra (Sacred Road) in the Roman Forum/ Forum Romanum (Foro Romano) was the path followed by the victorious leader (dux) through the Forum towards the Capitol. It was called Sacra because according to the legend it was covered by Romolus and Titus Tatius after entering the pact of alliance at the end of the war between the Romans and the Sabines. Solemn religious ceremonies with sacrifices were held there every month. Other says; the peace treaty between Romulus and Titus Tatius, Sabine king, was signed.

Via Sacra (Sacred Road) in the Roman Forum/ Forum Romanum (Foro Romano)
The oldest part of the street lays between the Tempio di Castore e Polluce and the Velia. Traditionally, a Roman general, who's army won a battle and, thus, was awarded a triumph, passed in procession to the Capitol to offer sacrifice in the Temple of Jupiter via this street. He was standing in a chariot drawn by four horses, followed by his soldiers, captives and spoils of war. Via Sacra led from the Velia to the Capitoline Hill. The best way for a walk in Roman Forum is descending on the Via Sacra.

Address:
Via Sacra (Sacred Road)
Via dei Fori Imperiali, Piazza Santa Maria Nova
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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