Roman Forum

Rome’s forum, the heart of the city. It is possible that the apostles Peter and Paul walked along its ancient streets. 

The ruins visible today only hint at the vibrant social life that once revolved around the Roman Forum, the center of the city’s public life. The Forum, located between the Palatine and Capitoline hills, was a venue for public speeches, trials, processions, and lively mercantile and religious activity. Important governmental buildings were also housed in the Forum. Nearby stands the Marmertine prison, where according to tradition the apostles Paul and Peter were held before their trials. Though the Forum was not fully excavated until the 20th century, artists since the 15th century have been fascinated with depicting the remains.



Dug up, often from an archaeological site.

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