Via Sacra

3d model and reconstruction

Via Sacra

The reconstruction of Via Sacra is part of the large and complex reconstruction of the area around the Colosseum and the Fora.

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

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Short history of

Via Sacra

The Via Sacra was one of the main streets of the city, site of the most important processions and ceremonies, such as the triumphs of victorious generals.

It connected the fortress of the Capitol with the sacellum (funeral chapel) of Strenia, a divinity worshipped on the first day of the year, which was located in the Carine, an area between the Velian and Esquiline hills. From the Capitol the street passed the Comitium, proceeded along the northern border of the Forum and along the valley that separated the Palatine from the Velian hill, continued around the slope of the Velian hill, before finally reaching the sacellum of Strenia. Facing on to the Via Sacra were the Regia, part of the complex of the Atrium Vestae, and the rich residences on the lower slope of the Palatine.

The origins of this street are as old as Rome itself. It was believed that the war between Romulus and Titus Tatius at the time of the founding of the city, had been fought along the route of the Via Sacra.

Thanks to recent excavations we now know that, at the end of the 6th century BC, the street was three meters wide, that it was paved with slabs of tufa, and that a large sewer ran underneath it before feeding into the Cloaca Maxima. Subsequently it was renovated several times up to the imperial age, particularly on occasion of the disastrous fires which periodically devastated the center of the city.

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