From 6th March to the end of May 2015, the Royal Geographical Society in South Kensington is showing Aquileia The Great Lost City, a collection of pictures from the Roman artefacts in Aquileia, in Friuli Venezia-Giulia, Italy.
Director Peter Marshall gave a presentation at the opening ceremony supported by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in London.
He explained that Aquileia was considered as a second Rome and as a second Venice as it was an important trading centre.
It was reported that St Mark was sent to Aquileia by St Peter: Aquileia was the heart for the diffusion of the Christian church to Medieval Europe.
The Basilica in Aquileia boasts beautiful mosaics from 300 AD, and the town was famous for its jewellery, shoes, clothing and glass artefacts.
Aquileia was one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Roman Empire.
After a show of hands it was clear that the majority of the audience didn’t know about Aquileia.
Director Peter Marshall urged: “Go and see it!”
Aquileia – The Great Lost City
Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore, SW7 2AR
Pictures: Paola Bassanese