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Temple of Antoninus and Faustina

Temple of Antoninus and Faustina

This is the temple of Antoninus and Faustina in the forum. Over the centuries the structures of roman antiquity were slowly buried by layers of urban refuse. The streets literally rose around the buildings, swallowing the lower stories. Because of this many buildings are built directly on top of older ones, sometimes in bizarre ways. At San Clemente two churches, one Medieval and one Renaissance, were both stacked onto a first century Roman temple. Here, the Christian church S. Lorenzo was inserted directly into the ruins of the ancient temple. At the time the church was built, the ancient columns were half buried. The forum has since been excavated leaving the door to the church hanging halfway up the ancient pillars.

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