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Temple of Venus and Rome, Rome

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The Temple of Venus and Roma Latin: Templum Veneris et Romae 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 ("Venus the Bringer of Good Fortune") and Roma Aeterna ("Eternal Rome"). 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, thought to be the largest in ancient Rome, is located adjacent to the Colosseum on Velian Hill. Designed by Emperor Hadrian and dedicated to the goddesses Venus and Roma. It dates from th...  more »
  • Remains bem little about what was defined according to the Chronicles of the time the largest temple that existed in Rome; It rises in extreme position towards the Colosseum, almost leaning against the Church of Santa Francesca Romana. Erected by Hadrian in 121, 141 under Antoninus Pius in, underwent various vicissitudes, including a fire and various restorations until he went into decline. The columns you see today were found during excavations in via dei Fori Imperiali under Mussolini and so arranged.
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  • It was a temple dedicated to the goddess Venus (Venus positive) and the goddess Roma (Rome), located near the eastern edge of the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, ancient Rome's largest temple. Hadrian designed building was completed, but suffered damage in a fire or an earthquake. Church was built on the ruins of the Palace that after God, the Temple became a part of the Church of Santa Francesca Romana. Now the archaeological museum; Can you imagine was in large size on the perimeter of the building still stands more cylinders and fit with the ruins of the temple the temple.
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  • The best views of the Colosseum can be enjoyed from this temple. Its stunning and a lot of tourists weren't wandering in this direction but we walked up to see if we can get a better view of the Colosseum and were surprised that we got some beautiful pictures.
  • Pretty incredible architecture. Less tourists in this area.
  • These ruins tell so many stories. Their greatness in marble in the bygone era can only be imagined
  • Must have been amazing in its day
  • A place full with ancient stories, increadible experience

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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