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Tempio di Vesta

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Address: Piazza Santa Maria in Cosmedin | Roman Forum, 00186 Rome, Italy

This circular temple located near the Tiber River is one of the first...

This circular temple located near the Tiber River is one of the first examples of marble architecture in Rome.

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Lovely, Hidden Gem!

We discovered this small, ancient temple on an early morning excursion on our way to Vatican City. It is in the Forum Boarium district, to the east of the Tiber River. It is... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
Topeka, Kansas
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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

An intresting little temple placed in the same square with the more famous(but not more impressive) Bocca della Verita.There are also an beautiful fountain and a church.At walking distance you can find Tiberina island or Campidoglio.

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Topeka, Kansas
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

We discovered this small, ancient temple on an early morning excursion on our way to Vatican City. It is in the Forum Boarium district, to the east of the Tiber River. It is wonderfully well-preserved and in a quiet, peaceful area. The ancient Temple of Hercules Victor dates back to the 1st century BC. The temple is the earliest surviving... More 

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Reviewed 19 September 2016

Their job was to keep the flame burning in the temple. All their temples were round and this temple is estimated to have had 20 columns when built. The temple is estimated to have been built in the 7th century BC and stood until some time in the 1500's when it was demolished and its marble scavenged for use elsewhere... More 

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Reviewed 18 August 2016

So different Heros in one "tempio". Very picturesque, one can speculate about its history. On the way from s. Maria in Cosmedin to the Ponte Palatino.

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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 29 July 2016

The Temple of Vesta is the popular name given to the round temple near the Tiber River in Rome. It may have been dedicated to Hercules. The temple is in Greek style and also uses Greek building material, Pentelic marble, from near Athens. Though over the years several re-construction have taken place.

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Valhalla, New York
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Reviewed 26 June 2016

This small Temple to Hercules is near the Circus Maximus and across the street from the Mouth of Truth. It is certainly worth crossing the street and taking a look when you are in the area.

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Reviewed 6 May 2016

The Temple of Vesta is partially reconstructed building that is one of the earliest structures located in the Forum Romanum. The round temple with Corinthian columns built on a podium with 15 meters in diameter was dedicated to the virgin goddess of the hearth, home and family who was very important in Roman religion.

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Reviewed 27 April 2016

Temple of Hercules Victor is often mistaken as a Temple of Vesta because of its round shape and columns. It is on your way to either the Colosseum or maybe the Mouth of Truth. But as a sight it is not that interesting if you don't have a guide with you that can gain access to the temple. Nevertheless it... More 

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Reviewed 3 April 2016

All it takes is one person to post the wrong photo and location and chaos ensues. The Temple of Vesta (as some have correctly pointed out) is in the Roman forum directly in front of Antoninus and Faustian Temple- NOT in the Cosmedin Square nor the mostly complete Tempio di Ercole Vincitore. I wish Trip Advisor would consult the Google... More 

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Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

I didn't know about the name controversy (see previous posts) when we came across this temple. The weather was great and the Temple looked pretty cool. I took some pics I thought were good, so someone else can figure out the name thing.

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