Temple of Claudius (Tempio di Claudio)

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The 4th wife of Claudius, Agrippina, decided to erect a temple in the honor of her husband died in 54 and deified. Her son emperor Nero interrupted the works and built on its site a nympheum from where the water supplied by aqueduct of Claudius-Nero was flowing into the lake of Nero's Domus Aurea (where Colosseum stand now).

Temple of Claudius (Tempio di Claudio) at Via Claudia (Piazza Santi Giovanni e Paolo) Temple of Claudius (Tempio di Claudio)  - partly occupied by the monastery of basilica of SS.Giovanni e Paolo and by the green area
It was raised on the west side of the Celio but at present there are no remains of this and whatever is known about it, is thanks to a fragment of the great marble map, the "Forma Urbis". The temple (prostyle, hexastyle and with its front towards north) was build over a rectangular monumental base of which there are many remains of the powerful walling, particularly the one on the east side all along the actual Via Claudia.

In 69 emperor Vespasian continued the work of Agrippina and finished the temple of Claudius. It was an imposing construction based on a platform of 200m x 180m with columns and protected by walls.

The work of Agrippina was interrupted and partially destroyed by her son Nerone, who had built on the east side of the artificial stalls a monumental nymphet constituted by a high wall in bricks and tiles with a series of semicircular niches, in a bigger central room the niches on its side were rectangular. When Nerone died (68 AD), the emperor Vespasiano had the temple of Claude reconstructed using Agrippina and Nerone previous works. During early Middle Ages, a convent, connected to the Church of SS. Giovanni e Paolo, settled in the temple.

Only few records of it survived till our days. At present the area of the temple is partly occupied by the monastery of basilica of SS.Giovanni e Paolo and by the green area.

Address:
Temple of Claudius (Tempio di Claudio)
Via Claudia (Piazza Santi Giovanni e Paolo)
00184, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Celio (Terme di Caracalla) (Roma centro)
Temple of Claudius (Tempio di Claudio) is Shown By "Map K Zone" As "73"
Bus: 117

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