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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 »
  • Adjacent to the Roman Forum and across the street from the Collesium. Very impressive in the December sunshine!  more »
  • The ancient temples of Venus and Rome once stood back to back, overlooking the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Little remains today -- the curved niche where a statue of a goddess once stood, with its ...  more »
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  • 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
  • Inside the forum perfect
  • You can admire this church from the "windows" of Colosseum