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The last civic building constructed in the ancient Rome was the Basilica Nova (“New Basilica”), which is also known as the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine. Located between the Temple of Venus and Rome and the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, the core of the building was a vast hall richly decorated with marbles on the floor and walls. At the end of the hall was a colossal seated statue of Constantine the Great, fragments of which are now in the Capitoline Museums in Rome. This virtual tour is presented by Beth Harris and Steven Zucker of Smarthistory, the world’s most visited website for Art History. Follow them around the site to learn about the building’s use, later history, construction technique, and style. Use the time warp feature to compare the ruinous condition of the building today with the way it appeared when new in the fourth century of our era.