Tempio Rotondo al Foro Boario, Rome

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  • Take a closer look at this little round Temple which was once part of the Forum Boarium. It is so idyllically situated on a small space/park where one can sit down and take a little break. Look at the beautiful columns and the details that will bring you back in time. Tempio di Portuno is also close by.
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  • Leaving behind the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin and, crossing the road, you can enjoy the view of the Temple of Hercules Victor. Although the temple is protected by a large fence you can see in detail the beauty of the whole structure. The construction of the temple dates back to the second century b.c. and today is the oldest building in Rome was still standing. This temple is sometimes referred to as the Temple of Vesta and the error is due to its circular form which makes it similar to the true temple of Vesta in the Roman Forum. The temple was built in marble and is circular in shape with twenty cylindrical columns surrounding the cella and rests on a ring on a platform Foundation in Tuff blocks. In the floor of the cell opens a favissa, a place where the ancient Romans laid votive objects, consisting of a deep pit, where they were collecting the remains burned sacrifices. This temple confirms the economic power that had the Roman merchants. It is said that a wealthy merchant commissioned this work that was dedicated to Hercules, HERCULES OLIVARIUS oleari, protector of the Corporation to which the merchant belonged. This temple over time was later converted to a church which was dedicated to Saint Stephen and subsequently changed its name to that of s. Maria del Sole.
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  • Tempio Rotondo al Foro Boario is yet another ancient temple. It has historic value and is worth a visit. Built in the 2nd century BC, it is of circular shape and quite interesting.  more »

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