AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF MILAN’S HISTORY FINALLY OPENS TO VISITORS
The Biblioteca Ambrosiana opens to the public the newly restored ancient Roman Mediolanum Forum, with the of MiBACT, and the support of Regione Lombardia and the contribution of Cariplo Foundation.
To celebrate with the city, from Thursday, January 30th to Sunday, February 2nd, the forum willbe open from 10.30 to 15.00 with free admission
The forum is located right under the foundations of the Ambrosiana Art gallery, in the current urban area between Piazza Pio XI , Piazza San Sepolcro and Via della Zecca, which housed the ancient tribunal and the headquarters of the major public buildings : the Curia, the meeting place of the local Senate local, the Basilica ( where justice was administered), the Capitolium (the temple dedicated to the ” Capitoline Triad” : Jupiter , Juno and Minerva ) and the tabernae (shops, workshops and taverns) .
The archaeological site of the forum represents an important site of the tour of the ancient Roman Milan , valued part of the program ” archeology for Milan Expo 2015 “, promoted by the Lombardy Region .
USEFUL INFO :
Roman Forum : entrance fom via dell’Ambrosiana
from Thursday, January 30th to Sunday, February 2, 2014 : Free admission from 10.30 to 15.00
Open on the first Saturday of the month from 10.30 to 16.30 .
€ 3,00 / reduced € 1.50 for those who also buy a ticket for the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.
Note: Tickets can be purchased at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ticket office, Piazza Pio XI 2 .
For information and group bookings:
THE MEDIOLANUM FORUM
The finds have come to light during the restoration of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana , between 1990 and 1992 , revealing a small part of the square of the Forum. The new layout is now able to show a part of the pavement , consisting of large, very resistant slabs of white stone , called ” Verona stone” , from the place where the caves were located. It was the typical material the Romans used to build their squares in northern Italy from in the first century AD on. On some of them the marks left by the heavy the bases of the statues placed on the square are still visible. In addition, along one side of the flooring one can notice a small gutter and the steps that led to the shops and inns. The visitor will be accompanied by a series of visual panels and videos.
The Forum of Milan was the main square of the Roman city, where the major civic and religious activities were carried out. Its appearance was that of a large rectangle that housed the most important buildings of the city, such as the Curia, where the Senate met the citizens, the Basilica, where justice was administered, temples for sacred ceremonies and numerous craft shops, stores and taverns .
Over the centuries , the center of Milan moved to the area of the Cathedral and, as a result, the forum fell into disuse and was gradually abandoned. During the Middle Ages many were built many buildings in the area, in many cases reusing materials from the ancient square, as in the case of the Church of Santo Sepolcro.