Sunday, February 2, 2014

Remains of Roman temple found under Milan Cathedral

The remains of a pagan temple believed to have been devoted to the goddess Minerva have been found under the Milan Cathedral. 

Milan Cathedral from the Square [Credit: WikiCommons] 

The announcement was made Wednesday during the presentation of other archaeological finds, the remains of the ancient Mediolanum Forum discovered recently under the basement of the building housing the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and the Biblioteca Ambrosiana. Archaeological excavations to unearth the remains of the large city that, beginning in 292 A.D., was the capital of the Western Roman Empire for over a century continue despite funding difficulties. So far, part of the floor made out of what is known as 'Verona stone' has been found. The base of a section of an arcade can also be seen. The entire forum occupied an estimated surface area of 166 by 55 square meters.

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