Only in Rome: Authorities Consider “Metro Museum” After Underground Works Reveal Ruins

Authorities in Rome are considering building the world’s first Metro Museum after discovering ancient Roman ruins whilst carrying out work on one of the city’s Metro lines.


The ruins, which have been confirmed as Roman barracks dating back to the second century, were stumbled upon by accident when work developing the new Amba Aradam-Ipponio station on Line C, which runs from east to west, was underway. It is not the first time that work on the line has led to an archaeological discovery: in December 2014, an ancient Roman house dating back to the first century was discovered. However, this time, authorities are planning to make the discovery, which sits some 9 metres below ground, into something of a tourist attraction by incorporating the ruins into the modern infrastructure, thus creating an underground station that doubles up as a museum. Work is continuing on the new station whilst authorities wait for architects to draw up plans for the museum.

It is considered that the ancient barracks were buried between 250 and 275 AD as space was needed for the Aurelian walls. They cover over 1700 square metres, with 39 rooms that are in excellent condition, including frescoes on plastered walls and floors covered with mosaics, giving visitors to the city the unique chance to peek back to ancient Rome whilst catching the metro!

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