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Piazza di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
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In the archaeological district of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme are the remains of the great imperial palace where Helena, mother of Constantine, lived after the victory of the Milvian Bridge (312 AD), transforming and expanding the residence owned a century before by the Severi Emperors. Elagabalus, in particular, had built impressive sports’ competition facilities, known as the Castrense Amphitheatre and Circus Variano.
Of the residence itself, the Sessorium of Christian sources, remain the room used as a chapel for the conservation of the Cross, the great hall with an apse improperly called “Temple of Venus and Cupid” and substantial remains of the domus with mosaics and frescoes; in contrast, the scant remains of the Severan baths restored by Constantine’s mother do not indicate that they were imperial property, but were rather for public use.
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