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St. Albans

The third largest town in Roman Britain, St. Albans (Verulamium) was founded in AD 49 or 50 as a municipium, or self-governing settlement, the only one known in Britain. It was completely destroyed in the Boudican revolt of AD 60/61 and slow to rebuild (almost twenty years passed before the forum and basilica were dedicated). The theater pictured above was begun after a disastrous fire destroyed the town in AD 155.