the Temple of Venus and Roma


The temple of Venus and Roma was built and decorated by Hadrian. It is the biggest of all the sacred buildings ever built in Rome. When Hadrianus started the building of the temple of Venus and Roma, he sent a design to Apollodorus for comment. Apollodorus wasn't impressed at all. He commented that the sanctuary was located at a very low and inconspicuous place. And this was just one of the many comments he made.
Excavations have shown that the emperor followed Apollodorus' advice. The ruin of the temple can be found on a promontory, with rooms that border on the amphitheatre. One of the statues in the temple is the statue of emperor Marcus Aurelius and his wife Faustina Minore. The Roman fiancées made sacrifices to this statue, in the hope of a good marriage.


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