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Foro Romano (begun 8th century BC)
Roman Forum
View East from Palatine Hill

Located in the small valley between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Forum was for centuries the center of Roman public life: the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches; and the nucleus of commercial affairs.

Colosseum (1st century A.D) in background.
Arch of Titus (1st century A.D) in front of Colosseum.
Basilica of Maxentius (3rd century AD) on left with three large halls.
House of the Vestals (1st century A.D) in foreground surrounding grassy court.