Basilica di Massenzio

Basilica of Maxentius

The Basilica of Maxentius (Italian: Basilica di Massenzio) is a landmark located in the Roman Forum. It was the largest building in the Forum.


This Basilica's construction began under Emperor Maxentius in 308, who was later defeated by Constantine in the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. Constantine oversaw the building's completion through 312 and relished the satisfaction of completing Maxentius' project.

The Basilica was a multifunctional building used as a courthouse, council chamber and meeting hall. It borrowed pieces of its design from other basilicas and Roman baths.


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