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Tempio di Minerva Medica, Rome

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#298 of 526 in Historic Sites in Rome
The erroneously named Temple of Minerva Medica is, in fact, a ruined nymphaeum of Imperial Rome, lying between the via Labicana and Aurelian Walls and just inside the line of the Anio Vetus. Once part of the Horti Liciniani on the Esquiline Hill, it now faces the modern Via Giolitti. At one time, it was thought to be the temple to Minerva Medica ("Minerva the Doctor") mentioned by Cicero and other sources. In fact it is a nymphaeum, a building devoted to the nymphs and often connected to the water supply, that dates to the 4th century. The decagonal structure in opus latericium is relatively well preserved, the full dome having collapsed only in 1828. It is surrounded on three sides with other chambers added at a later date. There is no mention of it in ancient literature or inscriptions.The structure represents a transition in Roman secular architecture between the octagonal dining room of the Domus Aurea and the dome of the Pantheon, in particular, and the architecture of nearby Byzantine churches. The diameter of the hall is about 24 metres, and the height was 33 — important from the structural point of view, especially for the ribs in the dome. In the interior are nine niches, besides the entrance; and above these are ten corresponding round-arched windows. Both the interior and exterior walls were once covered with marble.
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  • Outstanding food. I’m a fussy eater so. Take it from me!!! Service is great. Alexander was brill at recommending the best dish.... the whole authentic roman experience was amazing  more »
  • We passed by by chance walking around the city. Beautiful Roman building. The dome is really big or at least what's left of it. Really an unexpected surprise! To see.
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  • This is a neat temple, and some really interesting ruins that are worth checking out. I recommend it  more »
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  • Very cool ancient building that no one else is viewing. A shame one still can’t get up inside the ol’ girl. Still closed
  • In fact it is not a temple but a nymphaeum, a building dedicated to the nymphs and connected to the water supply, that was created in the 4th century. Now in the neighborhood of termini, the trams nearly running through this building, the trains on the other side, it looks really strange...
  • Very good chicken tandory. The other food is just so so.
  • Amazing historic site.
  • The temple is inaccesible to public due to conservation efforts, it will be open later this year, the place is between railway and road with not much space around, like it barely survived not to be demolished in the way. Its a brick dome with side halfdomes temple, i imagine it close to later byzantine churches.
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