Basilica of Maxentius
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy7,192 contributions
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Jun 2021
The largest building in the Roman Forum with has the three original 4th-century vaults still visible.
Written 4 July 2021
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy31,874 contributions
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Nov 2019
In Ancient Rome Basilica meant public building , many years later , the Catholic will use this name for their big churches.
This Basilica is very big, you can see three original vaults dated back in the first years of fourth century, beautiful
Written 26 November 2019
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ChiefGuru
Decatur, IN3,300 contributions
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Jun 2019
Basilica terminology was used to refer to an ancient Roman public building, where courts were held, as well as serving other official and public functions. Basilicas usually had a door at one end and a slightly raised platform and an apse at the other, where officials were seated. The basilica was centrally located in every Roman town, usually adjacent to the main forum. Such is the case with the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine beside the Roman Forum. This structure is also known as Basilica di Massenzio or Basilica Nova. Basilica of Maxentius has the distinction of being the largest building in the Forum, and the last Roman basilica built in Rome. This basilica was begun by by Emperor Maxentius in 308 A.D. and finished by Emperor Constantine I, in 315 A.D, after his defeat of Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312 A.D. Originally, the building was about 330 feet by ~210 feet in dimensions, which is near three times larger than its size today. Originally, a giant statue of Massenzio was present, later replaced by one of Constantine. The colossal statue of Constantine, pieces of which are on display at the Capitoline Museums, was unearthed here in 1487. The design of the basilica remains obvious based upon the three large archways associated with the three internal naves, all of similar size. Eight (8) massive marble columns (~50 feet high, ~18 feet circumference) once stood at the corners of the center nave. They were all destroyed, except one that was removed by Paul V (1613) to the Santa Maria Maggiore (the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome) where it still stands. Interestingly, on the outside wall of the basilica, facing the Via dei Fori Imperiali, are contemporary maps showing the various stages of the rise of the Roman Empire. They were added during the Fascist regime of Benito Mussolini. Another impressive building in the Roman Forum which should be seen.
Written 2 September 2019
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SuperTed19
Madison, WI742 contributions
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May 2019 • Couples
Less than half of the original structure survives, but that in and of itself is noteworthy. The rest of it was destroyed in large part by an earthquake. What remains gives a sense of how impressive this basilica was in its heyday.
Written 30 July 2019
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Pete
Fredericksburg, VA1,205 contributions
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May 2019 • Solo
I’m not sure if historians disagree as to when The Roman Empire ended. I personally subscribe to the belief that it was all but over after Caesar Aurelius in 180 AD. In 280 AD, the empire was being split and by the time of Maxentius and Constantine, the Capital city was moved. I personally think that if Aurelius accepts Christianity instead of waiting until Constantine, The Western Roman Empire would have prospered even longer. The intervening years between Aurelius and Constantine, you can see, in this structure, the continued advancement in engineering. I was walking from the Trajan Market to the Roman Coliseum and couldn’t help but notice this enormous basilica. I’m happy I got a good photo, not knowing what it was, as I walked toward the Coliseum. Worth mentioning about the near by Coliseum, by the time of Constantine, whole territories were wiped out supplying animals and , as a result, many became extinct: European lion, the aurochs, the Libyan elephant, Egyptian hippo, and the African bear.
Written 26 June 2019
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pwargin
Warsaw, Poland32 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Solo
Hands down the biggest building on the Forum. I would love to see a visualisation of the whole thing and learn it's full story. And yet tours seems to ignore it altogether.
Written 10 June 2019
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TravelerCentralFLA
Clermont, FL1,699 contributions
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Mar 2019 • Family
The Basilica of Maxentius (also called the Basilica of Constantine) is the shell of the ancient building that was built at the Roman Forum around the 4th Century. It is the largest ruin in the Forum and you cannot miss it.
A Basilica was a structure built for lawyers and business men to meet and to take care of business, laws, and contracts. The layout of the Roman Basilica was later copied by Christian churches because it could hold large numbers of people.
Standing under the arches of the ruins of the Basilica of Maxentius allows you to visual how immense this ancient Roman structure was. It is truly amazing to consider. The building was damaged by earthquakes and all that remains today is a portion of the building.
To visit the Basilica you need a ticket to enter the Roman Forum. You won't miss the building as you walk through the ruins of the Forum. I recommend taking some time to stand under the ruins of the Basilica. it towers over you and is amazing.
Written 26 March 2019
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,041 contributions
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Oct 2018 • Family
This was the largest building in the Roman Forum with most of it in ruins. It's enormous size can still be visualised from the facade that remains standing. An impressive structure indeed.
Written 28 November 2018
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Milen D
Sofia, Bulgaria2,957 contributions
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Apr 2018 • Friends
This building was the largest ever built on the Roman Forum, and was known as Basilica Nova. It was used for a court-house, and for gathering of large number of Romans. It housed the giant statue of Constantine, now standing in the Capitoline Museum. Instead of having columns to support the ceiling, there were arches and the roof was not flat, so its weight could be held by the arches. Only the north facade is now still standing. Despite this fact, when entering the Basilica, one feels so small and could imagine how did the ordinary Roman citizen in the beginning of 4th Century AD felt in front of the court. Visited April 2017.
Written 13 July 2018
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PrestonGuild
United Kingdom55,906 contributions
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Aug 2017 • Friends
At one time this might had been the biggest building in the Roman Forum, only part of it now remains.

The Basilica of Maxentius was built in the 312 AD by Constantine I after the victory of Maxentius.
Written 20 May 2018
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