Temple of Antoninus and Faustina (Tempio di Antonino e Faustina) - Church of San Lorenzo in Miranda

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The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina (Tempio di Antonino e Faustina) in the Roman Forum (Foro Romano) was built in honor of the dying wife of emperor, Faustina, and in 161 A.D, after the death of Antoninus, was dedicated to both of them, as this couple was deified. In the 7th century it was transformed in the church. But in 1536 the elements of Christian church were deleted to make visible imposing pagan colonnade and show it to the Charles V during his visit in Rome. In 1602 the church had to be reconstructed, but they limited to occupy only one part of the temple. Thus the baroque facade by O.Torriani is facing the six monolithic 17m high Corinthian columns of the ancient construction.

Temple of Antoninus and Faustina (Tempio di Antonino e Faustina) in the Roman Forum (Foro Romano)
The temple is accessed by a stair case and conserved most of it except the front side dropped down in the Middle Ages. On the base of it were found two sculptures representing probably Antonino and Faustina. It was consecrated as the Church of San Lorenzo in Miranda (Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Miranda) in the eleventh century. The church was dedicated to St Laurence, the saint very popular in Rome, because it is supposed that here was the place of the trial which condemned him to martyrdom. "Miranda" is presumed to be a founder of the church.
side view of Temple of Antoninus and Faustina (Tempio di Antonino e Faustina) Church of San Lorenzo in Miranda in the Roman Forum (Foro Romano)
Inside of it is a painting representing martyr, by P.da Cortona. On March 8, 1429, Martin V gave Chiesa di S.Lorenzo in Miranda to the College of spice and aroma vendors, who in 1450 instituted their own confraternity under the title of St Laurence. At present, in the construction annexed to the church is a seat of the College of druggists. It stands on a high podium preceded by stands (rebuilt with bricks) at the center of which are the ruins of the altar. The atrium consists of ten marble columns.

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Temple of Antoninus and Faustina (Tempio di Antonino e Faustina) - Church of San Lorenzo in Miranda
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Zone: Rione Campitelli (Foro Romano- Campidoglio-P.Venezia) (Roma centro)/ Rione Celio (Terme di Caracalla) (Roma centro)
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