Archaeological Area PDF Print E-mail
Under the piazza of the cathedral (Duomo), an archaeological area of over 900 square metres can be seen, in which the most ancient times of the city are revealed. Under the supervision of Veneto’s Superintendence of Archaeological Heritage, the area has been open to the public since 1995. The major part of the preserved remains which can be seen belong to the Roman city of Feltria which, established on a older still settlement of a Retro-Veneto cultural character, in the years after 49 BC became a municipium, i.e. an autonomous administrative centre with a large territory over which the city had jurisdiction. In the urban context of Feltria, a section of a residential and commercial neighbourhood can be seen in the archaeological area, with homes, shops and other buildings which faced each other across two roads: a main paved street, with a wide section, also paved, from where a staircase can be taken to the hill, and a secondary road which turns south. In one of these richly decorated buildings, a seat (schola) of some professional local guilds (dendrophori, fabri and entonarii) has been identified, working in the fields of carpentry, textiles and other craftwork. After the decline and the fall of the Roman city, the area was overtaken by the presence of a large high medieval building, with courts which connected, as far as can be told, with the complex of buildings related to the nearby Episcopal seat – and therefore, also to the realization of a baptistery of a circular design, which is dated to the end of the Eleventh Century and the beginning of the Twelfth Century. In subsequent periods the parvise of the cathedral was used for funerals. Visit the website:
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