ALL ROADS LEAD TO … LONDON How English people value their Roman origins

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The Museum of London, cultural site situated in the City near Saint Paul’s Cathedral, isn’t a touristic destination so much known but perfect if you want to discover something about the origin of the capital.

Interesting and captivating for the visitors of all ages but especially for children that can study the history in a different way because delved into all the ages.

The expositive technique, adopted by the architect Philip Powell and Hidalgo Palace, compels the visitors in an itinerary from the prehistory to our days. If you really want to get an idea of what life was like when the Romans where around come to visit the Roman pavilion, you can find every single part of Roman life in London from the legionary’s weapons to the cooking utensils.

The Romans tried to conquer England many times, the first in 54 BC with Julius Caesar who attacked a tribe living on the north bank of the Thames but the real conquest of the country took place under Emperor Claudius. The first things the Romans did after they conquered a place was to encourage the growth of the city near their bases.

 

So they built bathrooms, basilicae, villae, forums and an incredible network of streets, over 9600 km of street in Britain. These fantastic architects built a bridge across the Thames, the first London Bridge. It proved to be a convenient central point for the streets which soon spread like a fan from the crossing place.

This Roman’s settlement was called Londinium and quickly became an important trading center for the goods. During Adrian’s Empire Londinium was at its height but by the 122 AD the political instability and the economic recession caused London’s decline.

In the museum it’s possible to admire reconstructions of roman buildings like the domus, famous for the triclinia, frescoes and mosaics that underline the artistic ability and sophistication of roman people.

From windows of this area you can see the remains of the walls built by the Romans between the 190 and 225. You can understand how much the English care about their origins and how much they love the ancient population from how they preserve every single pieces, even the less important, of their history unlike many other country like Italy, that can’t bring prestige to its artistic and cultural heritage.

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