Posted by: danielfee | December 17, 2011

Travel Photo of the Day 12-17-2011

Tempio di Antonino e Faustina – Rome, Italy

 

The Tempio di Antonino e Faustina is an ancient Roman temple located in the Forum. It was later adapted to the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda. The temple was begun in 141 by the Emperor Antoninus Pius and was initially dedicated to his deceased and deified wife, Faustina the Elder. When Antoninus Pius was deified after his death in 161, the temple was re-dedicated jointly to Antoninus and Faustina.  The building stands on a high platform of large peperino blocks. The ten monolithic Corinthian columns are 17 meters tall. The deep grooves in the temple’s columns are said to date to a medieval attempt to dismantle the pillared portico, either for re-use or to destroy what was then still seen as a pagan temple. The temple was converted to a Roman Catholic church, known as San Lorenzo in Miranda perhaps as early as the seventh century, but it is only attested from the eleventh century manuscript the  “Marvels of the City of Rome”.  Christianization accounted for the survival of the cella and portico of the temple, though the marble cladding of the cella has been scavenged. However, it is still one of the better preserved temples in the Forum.

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