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Basilica di Massenzio is located in Rome and is famous as the largest civil basilica monument in the city. It lies in the vicinity of the age-old Velia hill. Built in the 4th century by Maxentius, son of Massimiano, a former Caesar in Rome, this place has been through a series of years, but still stands as a beautiful piece of architecture and a souvenir that history has produced. It also functions as a concert venue in Rome.
The Arch of Titus is a historic landmark that is located close to the Foro Romano. The marble arch was built by Emperor Domitian in remembrance of the victories of his deceased brother Titus. Roman inscriptions are on the on several parts of the arch, while intricate sculpturing is on several panels.
Temple of Venus and Roma is located in the capital city of Rome, Italy. The temple was built in the year 135 BCE dedicated to goddesses Roma Aeterna and Venus Felix. Once believed to be the largest in Ancient Rome covering an area 110 meters (361 foot) long and 53 meters wide (174 foot), only a few columns and a part of the apse of the ancient temple now remain. It is now used during Good Friday to conduct the stations of the cross. The temple is open to public and one may even visit the Palatine Hill, the Forum and the Colosseum that are close to the temple.
The Arch of Constantine is particularly interesting because it is like a jigsaw made up of other monuments. It was built using material from Trajan's Forum, from where the statues of the Dacian prisoners and the friezes representing Marcus Aurelius were also taken. The Arch was erected at the beginning of the fourth Century in honor of Constantine, following the victory over Maxentius. It is considered one of the last great monuments to be constructed by the Romans. It stands beside the Colosseum in the huge square which in summer is the site for one of the events of the Estate Romana. A huge screen is hung from the arch, on which films and videos are projected.
Many Roman churches were built on the foundations of pagan temples and this one is no exception: its vestibule is a temple dedicated to Romulus, the mythical founder of Rome, although this has never been proved. The rest of the church is shaped from a room in the Foro della Pace di Vespasiano. The apse holds a beautiful Byzantine mosaic depicting Christ descending a staircase of orange clouds against a blue background. During the Christmas period, the beautiful 18th-century nativity scene with exquisitely carved Neapolitan statuettes is well worth a visit.
Among the many symbols of ancient Rome's prosperity and veneration for deities, the Temple of Vespasian and Titus is a significant one. Located on the Western edge of Roman Forum, it can be easily spotted at the base of Capitoline Hill, between the temples of Saturn and Concordia. The temple was built in the honor of the defied Flavian emperor Vespasian and his son Titus. All that remains of the monument today are the three Corinthian columns, fragments of the podium and cella (the inner chamber). Look up the Flavian Dynasty for a detailed account of this temple through the eras and surely pay a visit atleast once.
An ancient monument, Temple of Vesta is found close to the Regia in Roman Forum. House of the Vestal Virgins is also in close proximity to the Temple of Vesta. One of the most striking features of Temple of Vesta is its round-shaped footprint. The architectural style of this edifice is Greek. Probably, it was was designed by an architect of easten Greek descent. Temple of Vesta is also built with classic Greek construction material, Pentelic marble. This marble is sourced from Athens. Presently, Temple of Vesta is in good condition and this can be attributed to the fact that it was rebuilt into a cathedral. As per some old records, Temple of Vesta was the chapel of S. Stefano alle Carozze.
A medieval temple located in Rome, Italy, Temple of Antoninus and Faustina was later built into a chapel of San Lorenzo. Temple of Antoninus and Faustina is found in the Forum Romanum. Situated right opposite to the Regia, Temple of Antoninus and Faustina is a wonderful attraction on Via Sacra. Construction of the temple began in 141 CE. Emperor Antoninus Pius laid the foundation of this temple and dedicated it to his deified and deceased spouse, Faustina the Elder. After the emperor's demise, the temple was dedicated to both of them. Its conversion to a Roman Catholic church dates back to as early as the 7th Century. Usually closed for public access, Temple of Antoninus and Faustina can be visited between 10a to 12p on Thursdays.