Site Where Caesar Was Killed to Open to Tourists

Posted by Ed 16 mths ago
It’s one of the most symbolic sites of Rome—for good and bad. The Largo di Torre Argentina, which sits in the historic city center between Piazza Navona and the Campidoglio, has been known as the site of Julius Caesar’s assassination for more than 2,000 years.

On March 15 44 BC (the “Ides of March”), Caesar was stabbed 22 times by conspirators outside the Theater of Pompey, Rome’s first permanent theater, which was built by Caesar’s great rival a decade earlier. He was killed at the Curia, or senate house, that formed part of the theater complex.

Almost 2,063 years on, you can still see what remains of that building—a thick foundation of tufa stone—between two of the site’s four temples, built between the third and second centuries BC. Together—along with piles of carved stone from ancient columns and balustrades, and a medieval brick tower—they make up the largo (square), which sits about 20 feet below the current street level.

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