BERGOMUM, A HILL THAT BECAME A CITY

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40 years of excavations in an archeo-tale: take a journey in Roman Bergamo

 A journey through ancient history, an inestimable heritage, a grand exhibition containing all the archaeological traces of Bergamo’s history. The only Lombard city created and then developed on a hill.

Go back in time into the shoes of an ancient Roman. Travel the route that leads you to the discovery of urban and architectural development and the stories of those who lived in Bergomum, an ancient Roman city.

Bergomum was endowed with the spectacular elements typical of an elevated city. In Roman times, this made it a point of reference for a vast land source of raw materials and within a commercial system that connected it to the farthest places of the Empire, like the Greek island of Thassos, the Apulian coast for oysters or the Syrian-Palestinian area from where the glass unguentaria were imported.

You will admire the city with its foundations and its decuman, the monumental forum between the Palazzo del Podestà and the Teatro Sociale, the theatre for performing both tragedies and comedies in the northern area of Piazza Mascheroni. There is the amphitheatre where you could see the "ludi gladiatorii" in the Crotta garden, on the eastern slopes of San Giovanni Hill, the ancient shops and public baths in Piazza Mercato del Fieno, where the days were spent playing ball, taking care of your body or reading in the library.

The set-up of the exhibition is like a theatrical mise en scene. The absolute protagonists are the important archaeological finds on display and the exhibition, like a play, tells a story that excites, evokes and must be interpreted.

The tale that tells the story of the city of Bergamo from its origins until the Roman age is set up in the Palazzo della Ragione, a prestigious exhibition space in the heart of the Upper Town, where the Roman forum once was.

Video projections, soundscapes, beacon technology and interactive installations to take a journey back in time. To discover the history of the inhabitants of the ancient Roman city and its system of aqueducts, fountains and cisterns, the necropolis and the domus from the mosaics floors, precious furnishings and frescoes.

A selection of 450 finds unearthed in 40 years of excavations and discoveries. Frescoes, mosaics, hand-made bronzes, coins, a very rare glass unguentarium, vases, oil lamps, tombstones, glass goblets, terracotta figurines depicting gladiators, objects for the home and personal care.

And in the Cinearena you can watch gladiator games reconstructed at the cinema, from movies from the Sixties to those of today.

The exhibition path then goes outside the Palazzo della Ragione. A stage is set up in the Cathedral’s Museum and Treasury, where the recent discoveries have unveiled some Roman domus over which the early Christian cathedral was built and then the Romanesque one.

A temporary exhibition will take you on the discovery of the figures of the Saints whose cult dates back to the origins of the Christianity of Bergamo, like the Patron Sant’Alessando and another sixteen Saints. The knowledge of their personalities and history helps to understand the changes of religious customs in the early Christian era and the changes that this era brought with it.

The Cathedral Museum and Treasury is just the beginning of a long itinerary in Roman Bergamo to rediscover the city's past. Thanks to the App Bergomum, you can explore the archaeological remains of the Upper Town in complete autonomy, such as Vicolo Aquila Nera.

It is possible to purchase the small “Bergomum. A Hill that became a city” catalogue. It has many coloured photos and maps, designed as tool for disseminating the archaeological knowledge that has emerged about the ancient city of Bergamo. Its urban appearance, the social component, economic activities and forms of spirituality and of the art of time.

The Cultural Didactic Centre of the Archaeological Museum organises guided tours, in-depth conferences and educational activities.

"Bergomum - A hill that became a city": at the end of the exhibition in the Palazzo della Ragione, it will be permanently set up in a dedicated space at the Archaeological Museum.

Admission to the exhibition is free.

 

For more information:

https://www.facebook.com/bergomum2019/?epa=SEARCH_BOX


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40 years of excavations in an archeo-tale: take a journey in Roman Bergamo

 A journey through ancient history, an inestimable heritage, a grand exhibition containing all the archaeological traces of Bergamo’s history. The only Lombard city created and then developed on a hill.

Go back in time into the shoes of an ancient Roman. Travel the route that leads you to the discovery of urban and architectural development and the stories of those who lived in Bergomum, an ancient Roman city.

Bergomum was endowed with the spectacular elements typical of an elevated city. In Roman times, this made it a point of reference for a vast land source of raw materials and within a commercial system that connected it to the farthest places of the Empire, like the Greek island of Thassos, the Apulian coast for oysters or the Syrian-Palestinian area from where the glass unguentaria were imported.

You will admire the city with its foundations and its decuman, the monumental forum between the Palazzo del Podestà and the Teatro Sociale, the theatre for performing both tragedies and comedies in the northern area of Piazza Mascheroni. There is the amphitheatre where you could see the "ludi gladiatorii" in the Crotta garden, on the eastern slopes of San Giovanni Hill, the ancient shops and public baths in Piazza Mercato del Fieno, where the days were spent playing ball, taking care of your body or reading in the library.

The set-up of the exhibition is like a theatrical mise en scene. The absolute protagonists are the important archaeological finds on display and the exhibition, like a play, tells a story that excites, evokes and must be interpreted.

The tale that tells the story of the city of Bergamo from its origins until the Roman age is set up in the Palazzo della Ragione, a prestigious exhibition space in the heart of the Upper Town, where the Roman forum once was.

Video projections, soundscapes, beacon technology and interactive installations to take a journey back in time. To discover the history of the inhabitants of the ancient Roman city and its system of aqueducts, fountains and cisterns, the necropolis and the domus from the mosaics floors, precious furnishings and frescoes.

A selection of 450 finds unearthed in 40 years of excavations and discoveries. Frescoes, mosaics, hand-made bronzes, coins, a very rare glass unguentarium, vases, oil lamps, tombstones, glass goblets, terracotta figurines depicting gladiators, objects for the home and personal care.

And in the Cinearena you can watch gladiator games reconstructed at the cinema, from movies from the Sixties to those of today.

The exhibition path then goes outside the Palazzo della Ragione. A stage is set up in the Cathedral’s Museum and Treasury, where the recent discoveries have unveiled some Roman domus over which the early Christian cathedral was built and then the Romanesque one.

A temporary exhibition will take you on the discovery of the figures of the Saints whose cult dates back to the origins of the Christianity of Bergamo, like the Patron Sant’Alessando and another sixteen Saints. The knowledge of their personalities and history helps to understand the changes of religious customs in the early Christian era and the changes that this era brought with it.

The Cathedral Museum and Treasury is just the beginning of a long itinerary in Roman Bergamo to rediscover the city's past. Thanks to the App Bergomum, you can explore the archaeological remains of the Upper Town in complete autonomy, such as Vicolo Aquila Nera.

It is possible to purchase the small “Bergomum. A Hill that became a city” catalogue. It has many coloured photos and maps, designed as tool for disseminating the archaeological knowledge that has emerged about the ancient city of Bergamo. Its urban appearance, the social component, economic activities and forms of spirituality and of the art of time.

The Cultural Didactic Centre of the Archaeological Museum organises guided tours, in-depth conferences and educational activities.

"Bergomum - A hill that became a city": at the end of the exhibition in the Palazzo della Ragione, it will be permanently set up in a dedicated space at the Archaeological Museum.

Admission to the exhibition is free.

 

For more information:

https://www.facebook.com/bergomum2019/?epa=SEARCH_BOX