The basilica – administration and court palace
To the north-east of the forum square you can see the imposing three-aisled hall of the basilica. This was the administration and court building of Augusta Raurica. The basilica was richly furnished and decorated – a veritable palace for the authorities.
The basilica was renovated at least once. The retaining wall of the earlier basilica and the wastewater channel of the forum can still be seen. The earlier building, which had been destroyed by fire towards the end of the 1st century AD, was rebuilt on a larger scale.
An up to 2 m thick retaining wall and an impressive corner reinforcement are the only elements of the later basilica to have survived.