The Secret Passageways of Hadrian’s Villa Photos   Leave a comment

 

Emperor’s palace

Recently, amateur archaeologists have uncovered a network of  passageways underground at the vast and decadent villa that the Roman emperor Hadrian built in Tivoli, Italy.

 

Beautiful grounds

Elites, friends of the emperor and those who came on business of state would come through the main entrance and experience the opulence and beauty of the surroundings.

 

Two worlds

But below ground, Hadrian’s architects built a parallel world of underground passageways.
 

Invisible workers

The passageways allowed thousands of merchants, slaves and carts bearing goods to enter the villa and keep it running without causing commotion on the street.

 

Underground world.

So researchers enlisted the help of a group of amateur archaeologists and speleologists with Sotterranei di Roma, or Underground Rome, to help them excavate near a remote part of the Villa known as the academy.

 

Uncertain purpose

Some of the tunnels were just a few feet wide, while others were vast and spacious.

 

Tight squeeze

Sometimes they had to wriggle through incredibly narrow holes to keep working.
 

Grande Trapezio

They recently found a completely new tunnel network, leading from the Academy to the Grande Trapezio, one of the major arteries in the underground network. Though it’s still a mystery what this region of the network was used for, it was leading to the more private part of the Villa where Hadrian may have gone to be alone or with a few select friends.
 
 
Credit: Marco Placidi
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Posted September 9, 2013 by kitokinimi in Uncategorized

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