Former Italian Communist Party Headquarter and Temple on the Via delle Botteghe Oscure

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on the Via delle Botteghe Oscure, rome, italy

The name of this street derives from existence here in the Middle Ages of obscure ravines where the rope makers and other artisans should have worked. Under this street and its palaces were found the remains of Theatre of L.Cornelius Balbus, built in 13 b.C.. Via delle Botteghe Oscure was enlarged in 1936 by means of destruction of the buildings mostly on its left side.

Via delle Botteghe Oscure, Via Celsa
The entrance to the church of S. Lucia was added to the front of the new building in Via delle Botteghe Oscure. A part of the monastery with a 1585 portal by Ottavio Mascherino was not affected by the enlargement of the street.

Here are the headquarters of the former Italian Communist Party, now called the Partito Democratico della Sinistra on Rome's Via delle Botteghe Oscure (Street of the Dark Shops).

Tempio di via delle Botteghe Oscure (Temple on the Via delle Botteghe Oscure)

There are substantial remains of a temple in the Campus Martius along the modern Via delle Botteghe Oscure. The ruins of the temple, two columns with Corinthian capitals and part of the podium, were found in 1938 during the demolition for widening Via delle Botteghe Oscure. The building, reconstructed thanks to a fragment of the Forma Urbis, marble map of the city traced out under Settimio Severo, had a portico with eight columns on the long sides. The wall of the cell in bricks and tiles, visible together with the base of the cult statue in the cellar of the building in Via Celsa, was restored during the Domiziano era. In identifying it, scholars waver between two theories:
Tempio di via delle Botteghe Oscure (Temple on the Via delle Botteghe Oscure)

  1. It was dedicated to the Lares Permarini, who protected sailors. This was vowed by the praetor L. Aemilius Regillus while engaged in a naval battle against the fleet of Antiochus the Great in 190 B.C., and was dedicated by the censor M. Aemilius Lepidus in 179 B.C.
  2. The temple was dedicated to the Nymphs, whose annual festival fell on August 23. The sanctuary in the modern Via delle Botteghe Oscure probably housed the cult of one of these deities and the so-called “Temple D” of Largo Argentina probably housed the other.

Address:
Former Italian Communist Party Headquarter and Temple on the Via delle Botteghe Oscure
Via delle Botteghe Oscure, Via Celsa, 3
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Pigna (Torre Argentina) (Roma centro)
Former Italian Communist Party Headquarter and Temple on the Via delle Botteghe Oscure is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "124"
Temple Hours: Closed: Monday, January 1, May 1, December 25. Open to organized groups by reservation only. Please note: max 20 people per group.
Price For Regular Tickets: Adults: € 3,00, Concessions: € 2,00. The price of the ticket does not include guided tours organized by Cultural Associations.
Booking: Groups: tel. +39 060608 (daily from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm); Schools: tel. +39 0642888888 (Moday-Friday: 9.00 am - 6.00 pm; Saturday: 9.00 am- 1.00 pm).

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