There are many wondrous sights in the Roman Forum, with crumbling walls once a palace and remaining rooms marking religious ceremonies.
But without a doubt one of the most popular attractions in this region is the resting place of Rome’s most famous citizen; Julius Caesar. A crumbling part of the Forum that is the only place you will find fresh flowers every day.
About Julius Caesar
Even if you aren’t a history buff, you will have heard of Julius Caesar. He is one of the biggest names in political history, advancing in power by becoming a Roman general, an influential politician, to eventually dictator of the Roman Empire. His ambitions through military conquest expanded the Roman Empire into Europe and Britain. His increasing power, huge ambition, and his popularity with the people agitated majority of senators of Rome, thinking Caesar would soon be king, which lead to his famous assassination. With the senators, led by trio Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus and Marcus Junius Brutus (who was Caesar’s second choice as heir), stabbed Caesar 23 times, murdering him on the Senate floor.
The Temple of Caesar
When Emperor Augustus came to rule, he decided to build a temple devoted to Julius Caesar. His reasons weren’t completely selfless, as he knew it would improve his popularity and power if he associated with the sacred Caesar. However, after some time had passed, this temple’s purpose began to change. Becoming a spot where Augustus could showcase battle victories to the public. The entire temple was raised on a podium substructure, featuring carved marble, six columns, and lavish design, making the entire structure seem like it is towering over you.
These days, all that is left to see is the stone from the base that once supported the platform. Found under the roof section is only a large pile of rocks and dirt, which visitors can overlook easily. However, this is the last piece of the altar was once placed in front of the temple, containing Caesar’s ashes. Despite its decaying façade, you will be amazed by this ruin site. The grave is often covered in fresh flowers and sparkling coins, especially when Rome re-enacts the Ides of March.
See this extraordinary piece of history in person when you wander down the Arch of Constantine, and head behind the Temple of Vesta and the Temple of Castor and Pollus. Join a private tour and hear about the fascinating life and death of Julius Caesar, as well as the incredible events that occurred in his gravesite.