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Temple of Venus and Roma, Rome

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The Temple of Venus and Roma is thought to have been the largest temple in Ancient Rome. Located on the Velian Hill, between the eastern edge of the Forum Romanum and the Colosseum, it was dedicated to the goddesses Venus Felix and Roma Aeterna . The architect was the emperor Hadrian and construction began in 121. It was officially inaugurated by Hadrian in 135, and finished in 141 under Antoninus Pius. Damaged by fire in 307, it was restored with alterations by the emperor Maxentius.HistoryIn order to build the temple, erected on the remnants of the porticoed vestibule to Emperor Nero's Domus Aurea, the Colossus of Nero was moved and placed near the amphitheatre, which shortly afterwards became known as the Colosseum. Unimpressed by his emperor's architectural skills, Hadrian's most brilliant architect, Apollodorus, made a scornful remark on the size of the seated statues within the cellae, saying that they would surely hurt their heads if they tried to stand up from their thrones. Apollodorus was banished and executed not long after this.
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  • This temple dedicated to the Goddesses Venus and Roma is located near the Colosseum and the Arco di Constantino. Another wonderful attraction in Rome.  more »
  • Built around 135 AD this structure is in amazing condition. We first saw it from the inside of the Colosseum on a nearby hill. It is at the entrance to Palatine Hill on the way to the Forum. The side ...  more »
  • It was the largest of all the temples in the Forum at the time. You'll find it at one end of the forum.
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  • Amazing views and such a relaxed placed to walk around. Plenty of water spots to fill your bottles and dunk your head!
  • Very historic place help you understand the history
  • Absolutely amazing site
  • Nice priestesses
  • It is the best place to take pictures of Colosseum.
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