Vespasian Sites

Trip Historic can help you follow in the footsteps of Roman Emperor Vespasian and visit historic sites which relate to the life of this iconic ancient leader.

To find out more about these Vespasian sites, you can explore our interactive map or navigate further by using the links below.

Our database of Vespasian historic sites is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other historical places that relate to the life of Vespasian, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.

Vespasian: Site Index

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Caesarea

Caesarea in Israel was an Ancient Roman city and served as Vespasian’s headquarters during the Jewish rebellion. Vespasian was at Caesarea when he was declared emperor by the eastern legions..

Caesarea or “Keysarya” was an Ancient Roman city which is now a large archaeological site in Israel. It is believed that the city of Caesarea was initially founded atop the ruins of Straton's Tower, a third century BC Phoenician port city. Conquered by King Alexander Jannaeus of the Hasmonean Kingdom in... Read More

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Flavian Amphitheatre

Vespasian built this vast amphitheatre in Pozzuoli which became the third largest arena in the Roman world.

The Flavian Amphitheatre (Amphitheatre Flavium) in Pozzuoli was constructed during the reign of the Emperor Vespasian, probably in around 70AD. Vespasian, who was the first Flavian dynasty emperor, built this vast amphitheatre – the third largest in Ancient Rome after those of Rome and Capua – in Pozzuoli as it was... Read More

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Hod Hill

Vespasian was in command of the second legion when they conquered the area during the Roman invasion of Britain and it is likely his forces captured Hod Hill during this campaign.

Hod Hill is an Iron Age hillfort and one of the largest of its kind in Dorset. With its imposing size and ramparts, Hod Hill would have defended a village. In 44 AD, it is likely to have been captured by the Romans during their invasion of Britain. The Roman Second... Read More

Stobi

Stobi in Macedonia was an ancient settlement of Paeonia before becoming a Roman city under the Emperor Vespasian.

Stobi is one of Macedonia’s most famous archaeological sites. Once the capital of the kingdom of Paeonia, Stobi was located along a busy trade route and thrived as a commercial hub specialising in the trade of salt. Stobi reached its peak in the third or fourth century AD. Whilst the first... Read More

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The Colosseum

The Colosseum was Vespasian’s gift to the people of Rome. A vast amphitheatre capable of holding tens of thousands of spectators, it remains a renowned symbol of the Roman Empire. Vespasian himself would not live to see it completed, and it was left to his son Titus to finish his father’s grand project.

The Colosseum is a site like no other. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, nothing represents the sheer power and magnificence of the Roman Empire like this stunning piece of ancient architecture. The Colosseum, or ‘Colosseo’ in Italian, was once the largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire. It was built in... Read More

The Serapeum

The Serapeum was a magnificent ancient temple and library complex in Alexandria. Vespasian visited the Serapeum in 69/70AD and is said to have performed healing acts which helped support his claim to be the rightful emperor.

The Serapeum in Alexandria was an ancient temple dedicated to the worship of the Greco-Egyptian deity Serapis. Built by Ptolemy III in the third century BC, the Serapeum also housed an important library which may have served as an annex of the Great Library of Alexandria. In late... Read More