Temple of Antoninus Pius and Faustina

A Taj Mahal of sorts, this temple was originally built by the Emperor Antoninus Pius to his deceased wife Faustina (who was deified after her death in 141 AD). The temple then became the temple to Antoninus Pius as well after his death (in 161 AD).

Templum Antonini et Faustinae

Like many other buildings from antiquity, the reason the outside frame of this structure survives so well is because the temple was converted into a church  around the seventh or eighth century AD. The columns are made of cipollino (onion stone) marble and have Corinthian marble capitals.

Photograph shot from my trip to Italy in 2006.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. lav says:

    Adventures in Paradise!! Nice photo!! Looking forward for more….

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      I hope I can publish more very soon….thanks!

  2. Nirmala says:

    very interesting.. Looking forward to more.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you! I look forward to publishing more as well…

  3. Nirmala says:

    What is onion stone?

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      It is a kind of marble. The patterns on it look like the patterns in an onion- so the name

  4. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

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