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Basilica of Maxentius

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Address: Via Sacra 1, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Just a fraction of its original size and grandeur

The Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine was an enormous building -- what remains today is less than a third of the size, and a tiny fraction of the grandeur. Started by... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 October 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

The Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine was an enormous building -- what remains today is less than a third of the size, and a tiny fraction of the grandeur. Started by Maxentius, he was defeated by his rival, Constantine the Great, who completed the building in 312 C.E. This was a grand and soaring building, the largest of the Roman... More 

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Ellon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

It always takes an open mind to mentally visualise old rome but with the help of the local tourist guide books it does help.

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Rijeka, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

The large arches you can see today is just one third of the original Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine, a mammoth hall of justice built in the early 4th century by the Emperor Maxentius and finished by Constantine I, after his defeat of Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. A central roof was forty meters high and the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

Basically what is left standing is approximately 1/4 of the entire structure (the north long side). There would have been a matching side to the south with an expansive nave in the middle. It is the largest building in the Roman Forum and was completed in 312 AD. Most notable are the octagon coffered ceilings which are both decorative and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2015

You'll easily spot the outline of the Basilica of Maxentius long before to get to explore it as it really is that large. You may have seen it as you gazed across the Forum from atop the Palatine Hill viewing area. As you explore the ruins of the forum the remaining huge vaulted Basilica walls jut far above it. ...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

1 of many churches made from the buildings of the Roman Empire. We enjoyed our visit not only for the history but also for the relaxed, calm air for a chance for quiet prayer and a chance to catch ones breath before heading out to our next place to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

The Basilica of Maxentius was built in the 4th century nearby the Roman Forum by Constantine I after the victory of Maxentius. The Basilica is that large you can see the sight from a distance as you explore the hill. It is probably going to be the most memorable sight you will have of the area due to the fact... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

There are major parts of the Basilica still remaining. And that means it has a major advantage over the Forum, which is all ruins. It is not hard at all to imagine the size of Maxentius. Only one side remains but the size is still visible. Largest building in the Forum. Amazing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2015

Basilica of Maxentius is one of the memorable structures you will see at the Roman Forum. Built in the early 4th century, the Basilica would have covered an area 100 by 65 metres, an impressive size and scale for that day and age. Today, you can still see the outline of where the majority of the basilica was located as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2015 via mobile

The sheer size of the this magnificent building earns it 5 stars. As the guide suggested, this confirmed Rome as the "New York" of the ancient world with a population of 1.6 million, unsurpassed for 1500 years!

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