Finally, a long overdue post in my neglected “Travel Photo of the Week” series. This week’s photo is of the Temple of Antoninus & Faustina, located in the Roman Forum (Forum Romano).
The Forum was considered to be the “center of Roman public life”. Here elections were held, key public speeches were given, virgins were sacrificed, and vital commercial transactions were made. The venue was also home to statues and other monuments celebrating the most influential of Roman men, courts, law offices, and temples such as one in this week’s photo. Even Caesar’s cremated remains can be found here!
Today, the Forum contains lingering traces of these relics and is home to various archeological excavations.
The erection of The Temple of Antoninus & Faustina began in 141 AD at the order of Emperor Antoninus Pius and was dedicated to his “deceased and deified wife” Faustina the Elder. After the emperor died, the temple was re-dedicated to the couple by Marcus Aurelius. The temple was eventually turned into a Roman Catholic church called San Lorenzo in Miranda.
The temple is gorgeous! I snapped photo after photo of the temple from various angles and distances. I loved the Corinthian columns and other stunning features …
I was amazed and overwhelmed to be standing in front of something so ancient and historic. This was a feeling that I experienced often during my visit to Italy. My visit was so brief – I can’t wait to go back and experience more of this fascinating and beautiful country.
Visiting the sites of Ancient Rome is a mandatory stop for any tourist, especially if a first time visitor. For more information about the Roman Forum, check out this great blog entry from ItalyLogue.