Forum of Nerva

3d model and reconstruction

Forum of Nerva

Now literally cut into two sections by the current Via dei Fori Imperiali, there are clear signs of the Forum of Nerva: the structures known as “colonnacce” bear witness to this area having been enclosed and placed in a narrow strip between the adjacent Fora, to the extent that it created a fake arcade with columns adjacent to the perimeter wall. At the end of the square stands the Temple of Minerva, which jutted onto the Forum only with its pronaos (entrance hall).

This reconstruction is part of the large and complex reconstruction of the area around the Colosseum and the Fora.

The definition of the monument on an urban scale is ideal for bird’s eye views, particularly spectacular in this area which includes the most famous monuments in the ancient city.

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Forum of Nerva

This new square brought the already existing forums into communication, inserting itself into the little remaining space between the Forum of Augustus and the Forum of Peace. For this reason it had an elongated, narrow aspect, with its shortest side, bordered by the Basilica Emilia, rounded off. Its function as a connecting walkway gave rise to the name transitorium. Construction on the complex was begun under Emperor Domitian but it was not inaugurated until after his death, during the reign of Nerva.

At the end of the forum was the temple dedicated to Minerva, while the square was surrounded by a portico of simple columns placed at a very short distance from the outside wall and connected to it by architraves. A second building, of which only a few traces have been found, had its back to the Roman Forum and has been identified as the Temple of Janus.