The wall is located near the Santi Cosma d Damiano church, which was built sometime during the 16th century The gigantic map was carved on 150 marble slabs, but was ripped off the wall to most likely make lime for cement, according to some experts.
Who suggest the marble pieces were left after being recycled during the palace's construction Forma Urbis Romae was hung to the left of the new entrance of the church, which also has the original marble floor of the Templum Pacis.
Little interest seems to have been elicited by the marble shards" (Wikipedia article on Forma Urbis Romae, accessed ).
♦ In 1999 Marc Levoy and members of his team at Stanford University began the Digital Forma Urbis Romae Project as a way of solving the jigsaw puzzle of the 1,186 marble fragments and 87 fragments known only from Renaissance drawings: "First, we digitized the shape and surface of every known fragment of the Severan Marble Plan using laser range scanners and digital color cameras; the raw data collected consists of 8 billion polygons and 6 thousand color images, occupying 40 gigabytes.
'Of these about 200 marble chips have been identified and ideally located on the modern topography,' the Superintendency said in a statement Although the largest jigsaw puzzle in the world still remains a mystery, researchers have discovered another piece that brings them one step closer to complete a 2,200 year old map of ancient Rome.
This new finding has pieced together at least three portions of the large puzzle and allowing researchers to transcribe text etched in the marble 'The fragment relates to plate 31 of the map, which is the present-day area of the Ghetto, one of the monumental areas of the ancient city, dominated by the Circus Flaminius, built in 220 BC to host the Plebeian games, and where a number of important public monuments stood,' the Superintendency said Last month, experts created an incredible 3D reconstruction offers a rare glimpse at the grandest city of the world in all its glory.
A geographic database and website that references the work of two 18th century masters of Roman topography: Giambattista Nolli (1701-1756) [see immediately below], who published the first accurate map of Rome (La Pianta Grande di Roma, 1748); and his contemporary Giuseppe Vasi (1710-1782), who documentated the city and its monuments in various publications, especially (1747-1761).
2) The Interactive Nolli Map Website: The 1748 Nolli map of Rome as a dynamic, interactive tool; developed by the University of Oregon.
After coming into the ownership of Konrad Peutinger, for whom it is named, it is today housed at the Austrian National Library in Vienna.
Forma Urbis Romae, which is made of thousands of marble fragments, was first unearthed in 1562 and a new piece with the words 'Circus Flaminius' was discovered.