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Temple of Antoninus and Faustina

Walking Tour of Rome Forum

The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina is one of the most well-preserved buildings in the Roman Forum, which really makes it stand out from the other Roman ruins here.

Roman Forum Temple of Antonino and Faustina

This pagen temple has ten 50 foot Corinthian columns made of Cipollino marble. The podium the temple rests on is original, but the steps have been reconstructed.

The inside room was quite small. The sacrifices were offered inside or on the steps. The pagen temples were built more as monuments not as places of worship.

If you climb the steps you will find inscriptions or drawings scratched in the stone. The Frieze with griffins, acanthus scrolls and candelabra is well preserved on the left side of the building.

This temple was built by Emperor Antoninus Pius in honor of his wife, Faustina, proclaimed a goddess by decree of the senate. It was dedicated in AD141 and 20 years later when Emporer Antoninus died, the temple was also dedicated to him.

The original marble on the outside of the temple was used during the building of St. Peters Basilica.

The Antonnius and Faustina Temple was converted to a church, San Lorenzo in Miranda, in medievil times.

The Roman Forum Temple of Antonio and Faustina Engraving by Piranesi
Piranesi (1720-1778) engraving

Check out other ancient Rome attractions and more sightseeing in Rome ideas including Vatican City Rome.

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