Temple of Romulus Rome

The Temple of Romulus (Tempietto del Divo Romolo or Tempietto di Romolo) is a monument in the Roman Forum in Rome. It is now incorporated into the Santi Cosma and Damiano Church.

Temple of Romulus Rome

Practical information

Temple of Romulus Rome
Temple of Romulus Rome from the Palatine Hill

The address of the Tempietto di Romolo is that of the Roman Forum. Opening hours and entrance fee are those of the Colosseum. Admission is free on the first Sunday of the month.

History Temple of Romulus Rome

The Temple of Romulus is one of the best preserved buildings in the Forum. It is not, as one might think, dedicated to the founder of Rome, but to Valerius Romulus, the son of Emperor Maxentius, who was deified by his father after his death in 309. Previously, it served as the vestibule to the Tempio della Pace.

Another theory, common today, is that no Temple of Romulus existed at all and that the small temple was dedicated to the Penates, household gods who took care of daily needs.

The circular temple was made entirely of brick. In the concave facade there are four niches, which held statues.

Next to the portal, there are two porphyry columns with white marble capitals and cornice. Even the lock of the original door still works perfectly.

The interior of the temple can be seen from a window in the back wall of the Santi Cosma and Damiano Church.

Apses on either side were separated from the central part by two columns.

In the 6th century, when the Biblioteca Pacis of the Temple of Peace built against the rear of the temple, was converted into a church, an opening was made between the two buildings. The Temple of Romulus thus became the atrium of this church.

After excavations in the 19th century, the foundations of the temple came to light.

Temple of Romulus, Rome

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