Piazza di Pietra and Hadrian's Temple

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Piazza di Pietra and Hadrian's Temple

Piazza di Pietra and Hadrian's TempleThe great importance which the ancient Romans gave to the Campus Martius becomes clear in this small Piazza di Pietra. Here you can see what remains of the great temple dedicated to Hadrian and erected by his son and heir Antoninus Pius. Built in 145 AD, the temple was in the center of a colonnaded piazza.

Only eleven of the original 15 columns which formed one side of the ancient structure remain, along with a few blocks of peperino stone and some marble that formed the external walls of the ‘cella'. Part of the entablature on top of the columns is still in place.
You can see the ancient ground level of the podium a few meters below today's street level.
In 1879, the ruins were incorporated into the building that now houses the Stock Exchange and the Chamber of Commerce, a brilliant example of historical revitalization.
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