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The small and quiet but well known village of Aquileia lies in the plain of Friuli not far from the lagoon of Grado. It is surrounded by the greenery of the countryside which is reflected in the clear waters of the river Natissa. On its western bank, in 2nd century AD, the Romans built the town-fortress that became one of the most famous towns of the Empire, not only for its military, prowess and its economic wealth, but also for its cultural and spiritual magnificence

The archaeological remains easily found every where, bear witness of its illustrious past. The Roman forum was the lively centre of city life with its offices, temples, shops, porches and monuments.

In the heart of the town the medieval BASILICA, with its severe Romanesque - Gothic lines, rises stately and solemnly. It is dwarfed by the imposing steeple which looks like the sentinel of a precious casket, in which the oldest and most illustrious memoirs of the Christian religion are preserved.

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Additional Photos by Renzo Pietribiasi (rossofuoco) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 650 W: 59 N: 973] (7398)
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