Temple of Divine Claudius

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Temple of Divine Claudius

The reconstruction of the Temple of Divine Claudius is part of the large and complex reconstruction of the area around the Colosseum and the Fora.

The definition of the monument on an urban scale is ideal for bird’s eye views, particularly spectacular in this area which includes some of the most famous monuments in the ancient city.

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Temple of Divine Claudius

After the death of the emperor Claudius, his wife Agrippina had a temple built in his honor, where he was worshipped as a god. The structure occupied the western side of the Celian hill, facing the Palatine.

The temple was a prostyle and hexastyle plan, and rose in the center of a large rectangular terrace (180 X 200 meters) built containing the sides of the hill with two rows of rooms. A few fragments of the base are all that remains of the original temple, which was destroyed a short time after it was built by Nero. The new emperor, in fact, took possession of the entire hill to form the theatrical backdrop for his villa, and transformed the walls that supported the terrace into a  monumental nymphaeum. To build this grandiose structure, Nero had a special branch of an aqueduct built, lengthening the route of the Acqua Claudia from Porta Maggiore to the Celian hill.

After Nero’s death, Vespasian rebuilt the temple, restoring this area to its original function and trying to make people forget the work of his predecessor.