Archaeological area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia

The peculiarity of Aquileia, according to Ausonio the fourth city of the Roma Empire (after Rome, Capua and Milan) in the fourth century A.D., consists not only of its renowned historical-archaeological importance, but also in the conservation of its monuments: the forum, the river port, the sepulchral ways, are all already visible and apt to be visited. Moreover the great christian basilica, in which Europe’s widest intact mosaic flooring of the fourth century A.D. is conserved, represents up to and including today a particular religious meeting point for the central European countries, carrying out an important evangelization work, which was the main aim also of the ancient “Patriarcato”.


Date of Inscription: 1998

Criteria:

(iii): Aquileia was one of the largest and most wealthy cities of the Early Roman Empire. (iv): by virtue of the fact that most of ancient Aquileia survives intact and unexcavated, it is the most complete example of an Early Roman city in the Mediterranean world.
(vi): the Patriarchal Basilican complex in Aquileia played a decisive role in the spread of Christianity into central Europe in the early Middle Ages.

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