Basilica Ulpia

Basilica Ulpia

The Basilica Ulpia was an ancient Roman civic building constructed by Apollodorus of Damascus. It was situated at the Trajan's Forum. Basilica was named after the Roman emperor Trajan whose full name was Marcus Ulpius Traianus. With its construction much of the political life moved from the Roman Forum to the Trajan's Forum. The Basilica Ulpia, the largest basilica in Rome (117 m x 55 m), was composed of a great central nave with four side aisles with clerestory windows to let light into the space divided by rows of columns and exedras (large semicircular spaces) with altars and places for judges and advisors. Interiors of the basilica were decorated by rows of pillars with the trunks of red Egyptian granite, crowned by the capitals of white Corinthian marble. Many of the columns still exist on site, although a large number have fallen; some columns still have the sculptural decorations of the upper parts – capitols. Part of the foundation of the basilica continues today under the modern Via dei Fori Imperiali, a trunk road constructed during the rule of Benito Mussolini.

Address: Foro di Traiano, Via dei Fori Imperiali
Opening hours: daily 9.30 am – 7.30 pm
How to reach: Colosseo
Coordinates: 41.895545, 12.484564