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Aquileia is an ancient Roman city at the head of the Adriatic at the edge of the lagoons, about 10 km from the sea. Today, the city is small (about 3500 inhabitants), but it was large and prominent in Antiquity, and is one of the main archeological sites of Northern Italy. Aquileia was founded as a colony by the Romans in 180/181 BC along the Natissa River, on land south of the Julian Alps. The Cathedral of Aquileia is a flat-roofed basilica erected by Patriarch Poppo in 1031 on the site of an earlier church, and rebuilt about 1379 in the Gothic style by Patriarch Marquard of Randeck.

The façade, in Romanesque-Gothic style, is connected by a portico to the so-called Church of the Pagans, and the remains of the 5th century Baptistry. The interior has a nave and two aisles, with a noteworthy mosaic pavement from the 4th century. The wooden ceiling is from 1526, while the fresco decoration belongs to various ages: from the 4th century in the St. Peter's chapel of the apse area.
Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica is a Unesco Heritage Site.

It is a lovely place. I stayed in youth (haha) hostel there so I could enjoy fine calm evening when all the turists were gone. The mosaic inside the basilica (as a pavement)is fantastic, and there are a lot of other things to see. Isn't it incredible that this is the SECOND photo from here?

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