Places of Interest nearby
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The Porta Prenestina or Porta Maggiore is one of the eastern gates in the ancient but well-preserved 3rd century Aurelian Walls of Rome. Through the gate ran two ancient roads: the Via Praenestina and the Via Labicana. The Via Prenestina was the eastern road to the ancient town of Praeneste (modern Palestrina). The Via Labicana (now called the Via Casilina) heads southeast from the city.
Linked themes: History
Just outside the Porta Maggiore, an underground basilica was discovered in 1917 unser the railroad line towards Naples. The basilica dates from the first century A.D. It was a pagan place of worship, not a Christian. The author Pierre Berloquin describes that this temple was linked to the secret society of the Pythagoreans. C. Densmore Curtis announced it as one of the most important discoveries of the modern era on archeological level. Sruprisingly enough, it is hard to get in.