Circo di Massenzio

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Circo di Massenzio

All that remain of the Circus of Maxentius, built in AD 309, are the towers at the entrance; the spina, the wall that divided it down the center; and the vaults that supported the tiers of seating for the spectators. The obelisk now set in Piazza Navona was found here. The adjacent Mausoleo di Romolo is a huge tomb built by the Emperor Maxentius for his son Romulus, who died young. Both the tomb and the circus were on the grounds of the emperor's villa; the site (near the Tomba di Cecilia Metella) is very atmospheric.

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