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The Basilica Ulpia 1
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View looking west, and down, on to the Basilica Ulpia that was located at the west end of the Forum of Trajan.  Notice all of the columns that have been erected from the Basilica.  The Basilica was named after Trajan, whose full name was Marcus Ulpius Traianus, who paid for it out of his personal wealth.

The Basilica was oriented northwest to southeast with the three main entrances from the east, from the Forum of Trajan.  It consisted of four side aisles—two on each side—and a wide central nave.  The Basilica Ulpia was 560 ft. long and 195 ft. wide and 130 ft. tall.  It provided space for civil and penal law courts as well as royal events.

On the far side of it, just to the right of the center of the image, the tall Column of Trajan is visible