Temple of Portunus or Fortune (Tempio di Portuno/ Fortuna Virilis)

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Temple of Portunus or Fortune (Tempio di Portuno/ Fortuna Virilis)

This temple was also ironically named "of Fortuna Virilis". Portunus is a divinity of a river port which once was located in this zone. The temple was erected in the 6th century b.C., but its present look dates from the 2nd century b.C.. It is a fine example of Greek-Roman architecture. It represents one of the best kept building of Ancient Rome.

The Tempio di Portuno (Temple of Portunus) is erroneously called of the Temple of Fortune (Tempio della Fortuna Virile), is right next to the modern Palazzo dell’Anagrafe del Comune di Roma (Building of the Registry office of the Municipality of Rome), in the site of the ancient Forum Boarium by the Tiber (port Tiberino). It was dedicated to Portunus, god of the fluvial accesses, patron of this side of the Foro Boario assigned to the merchants.
Temple of Portunus or Fortune (Tempio di Portuno or Fortuna Virilis) at Piazza della Bocca della Verità
Till the 19th century it was a seat of the Chiesa di S.Maria Egiziaca, a saint lived in the 5th century who was born in Egypt, spent a period of her life as a prostitute, then was converted into Christian religion in Jerusalem and run into a desert where lived till the end. Thus, for centuries, the workers of this trade considered her as their patron.

The temple rises on a high platform covered with travertine slabs and shows on the main front, four ionic columns; the greater sides present two columns and five semi columns in turf of the Aniene as well as the walls of the cell. Part of the plaster covering of the architrave with a frieze of festoons hung at branched candlesticks is preserved, while the cornice presents leonine protomi.

Notes: It is visible from the outside only.

Temple of Portunus or Fortune (Tempio di Portuno/ Fortuna Virilis)
Via di Ponte Rotto 1 (Piazza della Bocca della Verità)
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Ripa (Circo Massimo - Bocca Verità - Aventino) (Roma centro)
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