"Pompeii Forum was the main civic, commercial and religious center and is a must see when visiting Pompeii ruins..."
Just as any other Roman forum, the forum in Pompeii, part of Pompeii ruins, was a large open space of an oblong shape, surrounded by buildings, houses, temples, basilicae, porticos...
In other words, Pompeii forum was an urban center, a main square of the city, home to town's main civic, commercial and religious institutions. The center of life and interest for its citizens, a bustling crowd that came here every day to meet, gossip, run business or worship. A must see when visiting Pompeii!
Situated at the crossing of the two old routes between Pompeii and Naples, Nola and Stabiae, Pompeii forum used to be right in the center of the town but from the 2nd Ct. BC, as the town grew, it was left on its outskirts. However, it kept a major role in Pompeii religious, economic and political life.
To locate Pompeii Forum, check our Map of Ancient Pompeii
At the time of Sulla, Pompeii forum was enclosed on three sides by a portico, raised above ground level by three steps and made up of fluted Doric columns on the ground level and Ionic ones around the first floor covered passageway.
In front of the portico, there were the pedestals for statues of distinguished residents.
Those of the members of the Imperial house were placed on the south side of the forum, in front of the administrative buildings.
520 feet long and 109 feet wide (157x38 meters), the Pompeii forum was paved with marble blocks and closed for cart traffic.
Here's the list of buildings you'll be able to see in the Pompeii forum: