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Crypta Balbi Museo Nazionale Romano
Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 31
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Museum:Crypta Balbi Museo Nazionale Romano
Type: VARIOUS
address: Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 31


The Museum of Balbi Crypt is housed in a complex between Via delle Botteghe Oscure and Via Castanide which includes two houses of medieval origin at Via delle Botteghe Oscure and the residence Barberini in Via Caetani.

The preparation studied and planned itineraries allow you to perceive the articulation of the ancient buildings and communication routes originate in an area that has had a substantial continuity of life from Roman times to the present day.

The archaeological excavation and the full restoration project of this important complex, which can be considered one of the most successful projects of urban archaeology, was conducted for twenty years since the '80s, and has allowed us to understand the various stages of the construction of the area.

In Roman times the area was occupied by a large colonnaded courtyard adjacent to the theater of Balbus built in 13 BC, later transformed and adapted in later times, especially medieval and renaissance with the settlement of the Monastery of Santa Maria Domine Rose arose in the eighth century merchants' houses built after the year one thousand against the wall of the Crypt, the Conservatory of Santa Caterina dei Funari built in the sixteenth century.

On the ground floor are exposed changes in this area of the old town as well as documents by the excavation, in particular, on the ground floor and the first floor is shown the city's culture in Rome between V and X century through the display of material documenting the production activities and craft of the time, such as artefacts from the Crypt deposit of the seventh century that returned a large amount of tableware, kitchen and transport over the finds of the excavation of the Crypt; other important contexts are visible from recent urban excavations and historical collections, in particular, the materials of the Forum of Opium Hill, the Caelian.

Come from the collections of historical materials numismatists (Gnecchi collection and Vittorio Emanuele III).


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