Day 16: Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Pictures were taken from the tour bus,
Imperial Palace on Palitin Hill
Needless to say, we were all glued to the windows.
Temple of Portunus
Temple of Hercules and Temple of Portunus
The round temple dedicated to Hercules Olivarius, patron god of oil merchants is the most ancient building in the city. Constructed in marble, it was a peripteral temple with twenty Corinthian columns (one now missing), which surrounded the cylindrical cella made of blocks of marble. Lost are the entablature and the original roof, and perhaps a cupola.
The rectangular temple was dedicated to Portunus, the goddess who protected the river port. It is one of the best-preserved buildings in Rome. Perfect in form and line, it is a rare example of Greco-Italian architecture.
Another View of Portunus' Temple
To the Sacred Largo Argentina Area then Capitoline Hill area next.
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