Rome Restores Access to Site of Julius Caesar’s Murder

The square is home to several ancient temples

Roman square
The Torre Argentina Sacred Area.
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Visiting the site of one of the most infamous political assassinations in all of history certainly seems like something that would be of interest to some travelers — especially those with a penchant for inserting the phrase “Et tu, Brute?” into various conversations. Historically, the site in Rome where Julius Caesar was struck down in a coup that changed the fate of an empire hasn’t been accessible to present-day visitors. Well, at least not until now.

A recent report from Reuters (via The Guardian) explains the process by which this infamous location has made its return to present-day Rome. And it turns out a prominent Italian company — Bulgari, in this case — paid for the renovations to Largo Argentina, a square in which the remains of four different temples can be found.

Historians believe that this is where Caesar fell — and now, visitors will be able to see it by traversing a walkway. According to Reuters, locals in Rome can see the site for free, while visitors will have a €5 charge to contend with. Which doesn’t seem too steep, and is certainly less of a price to pay than what Caesar himself encountered there.

Reuters also pointed out that the temples were initially unearthed a century ago. Early images of visitors making their way around the site suggests a literal walk into history — something that might well help bring Rome’s past to life, even as Casesar himself remains deceased.


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