Largo Argentina

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Largo Argentina

Largo ArgentinaThe city square named Largo di Torre Argentina dates back to 1924. In 1885, demolitions disinterred the ruins of an extensive religious complex form Ancient Republican Rome. This "Area Sacra", as the collection of 4 temples is commonly called, can easily be seen in the center of the square.

Although it is usually accepted that the temples date back to the period between the 2nd and 4th centuries AD, they are still the object of study. They underwent many reconstructions over the centuries and these are shown in the different strata, one above the other.
Because these temples have still not been clearly identified, they are simply called by letters of the Alphabet. Temple A, the most northerly, at the Corso Vittorio end, was turned into a Christian church in the 9th century; there are still some visible traces of frescoes and a small altar.
The tower itself has been fully restored. It is named the tower of Papitto because, in the 12th century, it belonged to the Antipope Anacletus II. Teatro Argentina, the theater which is on the western side of the piazza, was one of the leading theaters in Papal Rome.
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