Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Italy  /  Campania  /  Province of Naples  /  Pompeii  /  Historic Sites  /  Tempio d'Iside

Tempio d'Iside, Pompeii

4.4
#15 of 25 in Historic Sites in Pompeii
Ruin Tourist Spot
The Temple of Isis is a Roman temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis. This small and almost intact temple was among one of the first discoveries during the excavation of Pompeii in 1764. Its role as a Hellenized Egyptian temple in a Roman colony was fully confirmed with an inscription detailed by Francisco la Vega on July 20, 1765. Original paintings and sculptures can be seen at the Museo Archaeologico in Naples; the site itself remains on the Via del Tempio di Iside. In the aftermath of the temple's discovery many well-known artists and illustrators swarmed to the site.The preserved Pompeian temple is actually the second structure; the original building built during the reign of Augustus was damaged in an earlier earthquake of 62 AD. Seventeen years later with the massive volcanic eruption, the Iseum alone was the sole temple to be completely re-built—ahead even of the Capitolium. Although the Iseum was wedged into a small and narrow space, it received significant foot traffic from theater-goers at the Large Theater, businessmen in the Triangular Forum, and others along the Stabian Gate.Principal devotees of this temple are assumed to be women, freedmen, and slaves. Initiates of the Isis mystery cult worshipped a compassionate goddess who promised eventual salvation and a perpetual relationship throughout life and after death. The temple itself was reconstructed in honor of a 6 year-old boy by his freedman father, Numerius, to allow the child to enter elite society. Many scenes from the temple are re-created in the dining rooms of Pompeians, however, indicating that many individuals visited this temple for political, economic, or social reasons.
Plan to visit Tempio d'Iside and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Pompeii attractions using our Pompeii itinerary maker.
Source
Create an itinerary including Tempio d'Iside
map

Plans in Pompeii by other users

22 days in Italy BY A USER FROM IRELAND September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Italy BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA September, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Southern Italy BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Italy BY A USER FROM CANADA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Italy BY A USER FROM CANADA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Italy BY A USER FROM IRELAND August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Southern Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Southern Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 56 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 31 days in Italy BY A USER FROM BRAZIL May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 11 days in Italy & Croatian Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Italy & Croatian Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans

Plan your trip to Pompeii

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Pompeii

For easy foot access to Pompeii's archeological sites, consider checking into a hotel or B&B near the world-famous excavations. You can walk around the ruins by day and enjoy panoramic views of the area from your balcony by night. Centrally located Pompeii hotels are conveniently situated near the area's main road and railway networks, making them an ideal base for exploring the surrounding region and the Amalfi Coast. You can also choose to book your rooms in nearby Sorrento or Naples, which offer a wider range of less expensive hostels and self-catering apartments.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
96 reviews
Google
4.5
  • This temple is located in the area of Teatro Grande and Piccolo. Named after the great goddess of Egypt, i.e. Isis, this sacred object is very well preserved. The cult of Isis was at the times one of ...  more »
  • You can easily miss this as tours dont go by this building. Having said that, if you are using the audo guide and the map, it should be pretty easy to get to this. A must see and interesting to know t...  more »
  • a lot of this temple still stands-really cool spot in the city. the remains are stunning in appearance and add so much to this beautiful ancient city.  more »
Google
  • Ok
  • 4 For style, but the crumbling parts reduced it to 3.
  • Very nice
  • Worse
  • Wow