The Argentinian Square in Rome has been opened to tourists. Experts estimate that the temples located on it are “one of the best preserved remains of the Roman Republic.” The square is also known for the fact that Julius Caesar was supposed to have been murdered here.
The Largo di Torre Argentina (Argentine Square) was opened to tourists in Rome on Tuesday. Until now, it remained closed to visitors and could only be admired from behind the barriers set around it. In the city, it is also known as the “cat sanctuary”, due to the large number of these friendly quadrupeds. In the new holiday season, there was an opportunity to visit it up close, walking along the newly created pavement.
Largo di Torre Argentina open to tourists
The ruins of the ancient square were discovered during the demolition of medieval buildings in the very center of Rome in the 1920s, in connection with Benito Mussolini’s plans to redevelop the city. The square is home to the remains of four temples dating back to the 3rd century BC. Claudio Parisi Presicce, Rome’s cultural heritage official, says they all form “one of the best-preserved remnants of the Roman Republic”, quoted by ABC News. In addition, as the station mentions, the square also contains ancient foundations and part of a wall that, according to archaeologists, was part of a hall called Pompey’s Curia (Curia Pompeia), once temporarily hosting the Roman Senate. Also visible are cobblestones, laid after the fire of 80 AD, which devastated a large part of the city, as well as artifacts found during last year’s excavations.
It was in this square on the Ides of March (March 15) in 44 BC that Julius Caesar was stabbed to death, and this event was described by, among others, in his play William Shakespeare. Just before his death, the Roman dictator was said to have said “And you, Brutus, against me?”, because his friend Brutus was among the people who attacked him. In fact, however, it is not certain whether the said words were actually spoken.
The opening of the square to visitors was supported by a luxury jewelry store, which financed part of the work, including the construction of sidewalks and their night lighting. The cost of entering the square for tourists is 5 euros. The square is open every day except Mondays and some holidays.
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