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What is a basilica in ancient Rome?

The term basilica refers to the function of a building as that of a meeting hall. In ancient Rome, basilicas were the site for legal matters to be carried out and a place for business transactions. Architecturally, a basilica typically had a rectangular base that was split into aisles by columns and covered by a roof.

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Also to know is, what makes it a basilica?

A basilica is a church with certain privileges conferred on it by the Pope. Not all churches with "basilica" in their title actually have the ecclesiastical status, which can lead to confusion, since it is also an architectural term for a church-building style. Such churches are referred to as immemorial basilicas.

Also Know, what is the oldest basilica in Rome? The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere (Italian: Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere); English: Our Lady in Trastevere) is a titular minor basilica in the Trastevere district of Rome, and one of the oldest churches of Rome.

Also, what was the Basilica aemilia used for?

Basilica Aemilia Main Purpose As a public building, the Basilica Aemilia was mainly a place for business and meetings. The portico hosted the so called Tabernae Novae, i.e. New Shops, and a market place, but the building was also used for money lending. Politicians and tax collectors gathered here for their business.

What is the difference between a church and a basilica?

A cathedral is the proper term a church that is home to a bishop. A basilica may refer to anything from a church's architecture to its importance to the pope, depending on its type. The Holy Roman Catholic Church categorizes basilica according to their function: palace, a papal seat of authority, etc.

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