While in Friuli Venezia Giulia, last September, we visited Aquileia and its famous Basilica hosting the largest mosaic floor in the whole western Christian world. It dates back to the 4th century and was discovered in 1909. A few years ago I visited the beautiful 12th-century mosaic floor in Otranto in Apulia, with its mysterious Life Tree, and honestly I don’t know which one thrilled me most. Anyway, following are a few pictures of the 760 sqm-large mosaic portraying figures with biblical subjects (the story of Jonah, the Good Shepherd) and symbols of Christianity (the fish, etc.). You’ll see that despite the bad quality of the pictures (sorry!), the mosaics are amazing.
Aquileia, which also features an extremely important archaeological area, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Colonized by the Romans in 181 b.C., Aquileia was a strategic town for the Roman conquest of the Danube areas. Eventually it had up to 80.000/100.000 inhabitans and became the 9th largest city of the whole Roman Empire before Attila (‘The Hun’) conquered it in 452 a.D.
Today many Roman ruins are open to the public such as a segment of a street, the river port, the ‘forum’, the market, the rests of an amphitheater and of a ‘circus’. We also went to the National Archaeological Museum which, with its over 2.000 finds, is certainly worth a visit.