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Amazing ancient architecture: Remains found of Nero’s rotating banquet hall

Archaeologists have unveiled what they think are the remains of Roman emperor Nero’s circular banquet hall, which rotated day and night to imitate the Earth’s movement and impress guests.

The dig so far has turned up the foundations of the room, the rotating mechanism underneath and part of an attached space believed to be the kitchens, she said.

“This cannot be compared to anything that we know of in ancient Roman architecture,” Villedieu told reporters during a tour of the cordoned-off dig.

She said the location of the discovery atop the Palatine Hill, the rotating structure and references to it in ancient biographies of Nero make the attribution to the emperor most likely.

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