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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Rome's Torre Argentina cat sanctuary faces eviction

 31 October 2012

The cats in the Torre Argentina may soon
be looking for a new home

There is growing pressure on a well-known Roman cat sanctuary to leave its home in the heart of the ancient city.

The head of Rome's archaeological office says parts of the sanctuary have been illegally built on a heritage site and must be pulled down.

An eviction notice has been issued.

The disputed building of the Torre Argentina cat sanctuary is next to the site where Julius Caesar was stabbed by Brutus and his co-conspirators on the Ides of March in 44BC.

It is known as the Area Sacra and houses four temples, on one of which the sanctuary has built a store room.

Rome is well-known for the stray cats which live among its archaeological splendours. (...)

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