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Temple of Hadrian (Rome)

Temple of Hadrian (Rome)






Description of the Temple of Hadrian

La Borsa, Piazza di Pietra
Bus: 117, 119, 492


The Temple of Hadrian is an ancient Roman building, built on the orders of the Roman Emperor Hadrian at the beginning of the 2nd century AD. This temple honors Emperor Hadrian as a god and was dedicated to his son and successor Antoninus Pius in 145 AD. The remains of the temple are visible on the south side of Piazza di Pietra, built into the building of the 17th century. It was originally papal customs, completed by Carlo Fontana and his son in the 1690s. Today the building houses the Roman Stock Exchange (La Borsa). Eleven 49-foot-tall marble Corinthian columns based on Peperinsky stone, a volcanic rock mined from the Alban hills south of Rome. Columns of the temple of Adrian decorated the northern flank of the temple, surrounding its inner shrine, cella.

A number of reliefs of the Temple of Hadrian, representing the conquered Roman provinces, are now in the courtyard of the Palazzo dei Conservatory. They reflect mainly the peaceful foreign policy of the reign of Emperor Hadrian. Theatrical situation, and the playful forms of its windows, balconies and balusters mark the area as one of the very interesting groups of buildings. Along with the Palazzo Doria Pamphilus (1731), the facade of La Maddalena (1735) and the aristocratic Spanish Staircase (1723), it refers to the moment when the luxurious Roman Rococo defeated conservative classicism.








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