Emperor's Palace Ruins

Milan, Italy

The Emperor's Palace in Milan was founded in about 291 AD by emperor Diocletian. Here Constantine and Licinius issued the Edict of Milan in 313 AD.

Residential and ambassadorial sectors, private baths and the circus, where the Emperor appeared solemnly to his subjects, and victory in chariot races became symbolic of Imperial victories, took up an entire sector of the city. The only visible traces of this vast polyfunctional quarter, which stayed in use perhaps up until the tenth century, are the remains of an ambassadorial building which had central heating; many archaeological remains are probably to be found under the buildings around Via Brisa.


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Via Brisa 16, Milan, Italy
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Founded: c. 291 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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Al wee (16 months ago)
One of Milan's not so famous historical sites
Simy S (17 months ago)
Resti di un palazzo di epoca romana che contribuiscono ad arricchire le testimonianze visive della lunga storia milanese. Li si trova in via Brisa e a due passi dal museo archeologico in cui sono visibili anche alcuni resti del circo romano. Se si decide di visitare il museo, passare da questa zona è un attimo e arricchisce l'esperienza.
Joe Rodrigo (2 years ago)
Stop #2 on the WalkMI route (9 stops in total). Enjoy! Pro Tip: the WalkMI route will take you past or near some pretty interesting cafes, enotecas and gelaterias. So you know you won't be left thirsty!
Francine Gillis (2 years ago)
Interesting find in Milan, Roman ruins of the 2nd century Roman Empire
Patrick Vroomen (2 years ago)
Ruins of imperial palace. Ruins look like remamains of a cathedral.
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