The ruins of the Imperial Palace: the splendour of ancient Rome
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Ruins of The Imperial Palace

General information

The urban transformation undergone by Milan as the official seat of Maximianus involved, above all, the western part of the city layout where the imposing complex of the Imperial palace was constructed. Residential and ambassadorial sectors, private baths and the circus, where the Emperor appeared solemnly to his subjects, and victory in chariot races became symbolic of Imperial victories, took up an entire sector of the city near the walls which Maximianus himself had extended. The only visible traces of this vast polyfunctional quarter, which stayed in use perhaps up until the tenth century, are the remains of an ambassadorial building which had central heating; many archaeological remains are probably to be found under the buildings around Via Brisa.

Anecdotes and curiosities

It is said that the columns that embellished the thermal baths belonging to the Palazzo Imperiale were then used for the San Lorenzo colonnade.

Useful details

The nearest metro stop is Cadorna M1-M2.


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