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

Statues and monuments commemorated the city's great men. The teeming heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history. the Forum today is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and intermittent archaeological excavations attracting 4.5 million sightseers yearly.

Temple of Castor and Pollux (495 BC) with three remaining columns.
Arch of Septimius Severus (203 AD) in center.
Roman Senate House (44 BC) on right with single window.
Altar of the Fatherland (modern) of white marble on hill in background.