Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia



CountryItaly
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationProvince of Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region
CoordinatesN45 46 6 E13 22 3
Inscription Date1998
Property (ha)155
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
CriteriaTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance
Unesco Reference Number825
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/825
DescriptionAquileia (in Friuli-Venezia Giulia), one of the largest and wealthiest cities of the Early Roman Empire, was destroyed by Attila in the mid-5th century. Most of it still lies unexcavated beneath the fields, and as such it constitutes the greatest archaeological reserve of its kind. The patriarchal basilica, an outstanding building with an exceptional mosaic pavement, played a key role in the evangelization of a large region of central Europe.
StatusWorld Heritage Site