Octagonal Hall (ex Planetarium) of Diocletian Bath/ Aula Ottagona delle Terme di Diocleziano

"Octagonal Hall (ex Planetarium) of Diocletian Bath/ Aula Ottagona delle Terme di Diocleziano" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Tuesday 17th May 2011

The Octagonal Hall (ex Planetarium) of the Baths of Diocletian provides a splendid setting for some works from the Museo Nazionale Romano. The rectangular exterior hides a domed octagonal interior, which starting from the 20's of the 20th century served as a Planetarium. The hall is thought to have connected the open-air gymnasium and gardens of the Baths of Diocletian with the heated calidarium.
Octagonal Hall (ex Planetarium) of Diocletian Bath/ Aula Ottagona delle Terme di Diocleziano, Rome

Here are displayed Roman statues and busts (the 2nd-3rd centuries A.D.), many of them found in the Baths of Caracalla, Diocletian, and Trajan, including two famous bronze: the Boxer, a magnificent work signed by Apollonius from Athens, and the Hellenistic so-called Prince (2nd century b.C.), a young man leaning on a lance, perhaps Pollus or one of the Seleucids, in the identical pose of the Alexander the Great by Lysippos. Also here is the marble Aphrodite, an original Greek work of the 4th century b.C., representing the goddess just risen from the sea; near her right leg is her cloak, supported by a dolphin; the head and arms are missing.

In front of the Hall is a gift (1961) from the twin-city of Paris (since 1956), a Roman column with the bronze caravel on the top (heraldic symbol of Paris). Behind the hall along Via Parigi conspicuous remains of buildings demolished to make way for the Baths. It also contains works that came to light during the excavation works performed in Rome and in its surroundings, such as the Venus of Cyrene or the Girl from Antium, realized by Greek sculptors of the fifth century BC. Inside the building the visitor can admire frescoes of the Republican Age.

Address:
Octagonal Hall (ex Planetarium) of Diocletian Bath/ Aula Ottagona delle Terme di Diocleziano
Via Giuseppe Romita, 8
00185, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Castro Pretorio (Porta Pia) (Roma centro)
Octagonal Hall (ex Planetarium) of Diocletian Bath/ Aula Ottagona delle Terme di Diocleziano is Shown By "Map F Zone" As "14"
Bus: Bus 16 - 36 - 60 - 61 - 62 - 84 - 90 - 116T - 175 - 492 - 590 - 910
Metro Lines: Metro A - Repubblica.
Hours: Tue-Sat 9am-2pm, Sunday 9am-1pm, Closed Monday. It is advisable to call before the visit.
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