Criptoportico giardino

The present entrance area to the criptoporticus consists of a little circular garden, at the centre of which stands a splendid linden planted by Ernesto Schiaparelli on 16th April 1917: a tree which is therefore over a century old and which almost seems to recall the other great linden in Aosta, considerably more ancient and famous, next to the Collegiate Church of Saints Peter and Ursus. It would appear that this type of plant was preferred as its roots mainly develop downwards rather than outwards, a characteristic which would clearly limit possible damage to neighbouring stonework. There are also some fragments of monuments including capitals and drums of columns from the sacred and civic area of the forum; attention should also be drawn to the large sarcophagus made of Mont Blanc granite rediscovered in the nearby cloister of the Cathedral whose capstone, however, which is not the original, was found bricked over in the podium of the eastern temple.

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