Why you should visit the Basilica at Pompeii?

The devastating volcanic eruption in 79 A.D causes the tragic end to the ancient city of Pompeii. This city was bursting with ancient traditions, artefacts, and architecture. Basilicas are just one of the attraction sites found in the wreckage.

What is a Basilica?

They are a type of building and Christianised site, seen as one of the oldest and most significant architecture styles in ancient Rome. They were once used for court hearings, as well as to gather large groups to discuss business and legal matters, and to hold official or public functions.

History of the Basilica in Pompeii

Pompeii’s Basilica sat in the centre of everything, located in the main square of the Roman Forum. It is the oldest existing basilica, dating back to the second century B.C. The purpose and style of the basilicas were inspired by the earlier Greek stoas, which were open-air markets for the community to do business such as trading. It was one of the most important public sites during ancient times as it was at the centre of economic life and law courts. The building could be accessed through five entrances from the Forum, all separated by tuff pillars. Inside the building was rich in decoration, home to equestrian statues, and walls covered with stucco like large blocks of marble.

What you can see there today

Pompeii wasn’t rediscovered until 1599, with hundreds of years passing after this first finding. Only to be discovered again in the eighteenth century. It would take approximately another hundred years for excavations to begin. After the uncovering, only fragments of the original Basilica structure remained. The columns are now mere stumps, with the majority of the outer walls missing. However, the arcade that fronted the tribunal’s lower level has remained intact. Stroll through the ancient city and listen to your guide detailing each crumbling section, and the past lives that flourished within this building.

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