The Basilica of Maxentius is also called the Basilica of Constantine and was built in the 4th century. It was the last structure built in the city which shows the magnificence of Ancient Rome. The basilica was used as Rome's public law courts. It is an enormous structure that was begun by Maxentius and was completed by Constantine. Part of the structure which faces the Forum has been restored. This structure inspired the plans for St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Modern basilicas get their name from this structure. The word basilica is defined in the dictionary as an oblong building ending in a semi-circular apse used in ancient Rome, especially for a court of justice and place of public assembly.
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