The Basilica of Maxentius


Description and technical data
The Basilica of Maxentius constitutes a monumental complex among the more imposing in the archeological zone of Rome. The construction, begun by Maxentius in 303 A. D., was interrupted by his death in 312, in the course of the Battle " ad Saxa Rubra ", at the hands of Constantine who emerged victor.
In 313, this latter completed the Basilica of which there remains today only one entire side and the main apse of the shorter side, with part of the bold vaults rising more than 35 metres from the ground. Under these vaults three matressed platforms were placed together with all the competition services for the Greco-Roman and Free-style Wrestling competitions. In front of the platforms, stands were erected for the public and press; (the journalists were provided with 20 telephone booths); the dressing-rooms and services for the athletes (400 sq. metres with 8 showers, 7 W. C.s and 5 washstands) were situated in a zone immediately behind the platforms, whilst the amenities for the public were located under the various stands.