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Criptoportico Forense
Ranked #3 of 67 things to do in Aosta
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The way leading to the Cryptoporticus is located in the garden on John XXIII square. It is a monumental building marking a sacred area for cult. It is a basement building with a series of windows. It was horseshoe-shaped and is formed by two parallel tunnels with barrel vaults, supported by sturdy pillars. The Cryptoporticus dates back to the Augustan age: it served mainly as a supporting structure of the land level that in that part of the city formed a slight slope from North to South, therefore creating a gap between the sacred area and the adjacent legal area. The colonnade above him served as a cornice for the two temples that stood side by side on a single podium, which could be reached by a staircase. The long east side of the Eastern Temple is well-preserved, and it can be seen nowadays, under the archdeaconry building. The Cryptoporticus therefore formed a covered walkway surrounding the sacred buildings. Its galleries represented an extension of the Forum colonnade, whose main function was to protect from rain and snow in winter and from sun in summer. During the third and fourth centuries, it probably turned to be used for goods storage.
Reviewed 4 June 2014

While this can be described as (to the untrained eye I suppose) an ancient underground basement, if you happen to be in the area, check it out. Admission was free, and it's interesting to the architecture for ancient times. I found it to be very peaceful to just stroll through and it can be a welcome relief from the sun.

Thank Chamille B
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Reviewed 24 January 2014 via mobile

Very well preserved piece of architecture. It is very usefull to have an idea of the surroundings in the Roman age since it is structurally connected to the outside square and church.
At the time of my visit the entrance was free and well presented.

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Reviewed 29 September 2013

This is a great way to view Roman stonework and architecture of arches close up. Admission is free and they play classical music to set a very calming mood. This is also a great way to escape the heat of the day.

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Reviewed 13 July 2013

If you are in Aosta make sure to visit. the actual visit will not take long but it is interesting to see the large chambers underground.

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Reviewed 10 June 2013

The criptoportico recently restored is a wonderful piece to visit for the architectural oriented

Takes you back 2000 years in a short walk

Thank Pierluci0
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