Temple of Venus and Rome (Tempio di Venere e Roma)

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This is the greatest temple of the ancient Rome; its dimensions are 145m x 100m. It was erected by Hadrian and, as the legend says, by his own project strongly influenced by Greek architecture, in 121 A.D., to honor the main divinities of the empire: Venus (the mother of Aeneas, ancestor of the Gens Julia, founder of Empire) and Roma (deified idea of the city of Rome and its power). It is said to have been the last pagan temple which remained in use in Rome, as it was not closed until 391 by Theodosius. In the 7th century the bronze tiles from its roof were taken off for the old basilica of St Peter's.

Temple of Venus and Rome (Tempio di Venere e Roma) in the Roman Forum/ Forum Romanum (Foro Romano)
Construction of the temple caused pulling down of vestibule of the Domus Aurea and transfer of the colossal statue of Nero to the site in front of the Amphitheatre of Flavius. The temple was completed by Antonius Pius, but was burnt in 238 and restored by Maxentius in 307.

This Temple of Venus and Rome (Tempio di Venere e Roma) in the Roman Forum/ Forum Romanum (Foro Romano) was built in 135 AD by emperor Hadrian who probably also designed it and then completed by emperor Antoninus Pius. Rich in columns, it occupied an area of 330 by 480 feet and enclosed two cells that were rebuilt by Maxentius in 310 AD after a fire.

The conservation works for the Foro Romano's monuments are still ongoing and they ensured a larger part of the archaeological site to the visitors enjoyment. The Temple of Venus and Rome is now open for public visitors. The cella of Roma was used to build SS Peter and Paul church (the church is now dedicated to S. Francesca Romana) during the VIII century AD. The other part of the temple is open to all the visitors, according with the timetable of Foro Romano, without any further free.

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Temple of Venus and Rome (Tempio di Venere e Roma)
via dei Fori Imperiali (via della Salara Vecchia)
00186 , Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Campitelli (Foro Romano- Campidoglio-P.Venezia) (Roma centro)/ Rione Celio (Terme di Caracalla) (Roma centro)
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Access to the Roman Forum: via dei Fori Imperiali (via della Salara Vecchia) and via di San Gregorio, the temple of Venere and Roma is next to the Arch of Titus.
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