The Basilica Julia was a structure that once stood in the Roman Forum. It was a large, ornate, public building used for meetings and other official business during the Roman Empire. Its ruins have been excavated. What is left from its classical period are mostly foundations, floors, a small back corner wall with a few arches that are part of both the original building and later Imperial reconstructions and a single column from its first building phase.
The Basilica Julia was built on the site of the earlier Basilica Sempronia along the south side of the Forum, opposite the Basilica Aemilia. It was initially dedicated in 46 BC by Julius Caesar, with building costs paid from the spoils of the Gallic War, and was completed by Augustus, who named the building after his adoptive father. The ruins which have been excavated date to a reconstruction of the Basilica by the Emperor Diocletian, after a fire in 283 AD destroyed the earlier structure.
last Oct Sun - Feb 15: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Feb 16 - Mar 15: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Mar 16 - last Mar Sat: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
last Mar Sun - Aug 31: 8:30 am - 7:15 pm
Sep 1 - Sep 30: 8:30 am - 7 pm
Oct 1 - Oct 24: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
(Last admission one hour before closing.)
Closure on Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25. Opening hours may vary - for more information, please check the official website.
Entrance is included in two-day combined ticket valid for visit of Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum.
EU citizens (18-25): €7.50
+ On-line reservation fee: €2