Temple of Vespasian and Titus Rome

Although the Temple of Vespasian and Titus in Rome was actually dedicated to both emperors, it is generally called Temple of Vespasian. The temple is located at the edge of the Roman Forum.

Temple of Vespasian and Titus Rome

Practical information

entablature Temple of Vespasian and Titus Rome
Temple of Vespasian and Titus (preserved in the Tabularium)

The address of the Tempio di Vespasiano is that of the Roman Forum. Opening hours and Entrance fee: see Colosseum. The Temple of Vespasian can also be easily viewed from the vantage point behind the Palazzo Senatorio.

History Temple of Vespasian Rome

Temple of Vespasian Rome
Temple of Vespasian (center)

The Temple of Vespasian stands on the east side of the Forum, just in front of the large supporting wall of the Tabularium.

The temple was 33 meters long and 22 meters wide and consisted of a wide cell fronted by six columns. Another two columns were placed in front of the sides.

Inside the monument was a podium with statues of the two deified emperors Vespasian and Titus.

Titus was the son of Vespasian. Since construction was started immediately after Vespasian‘s death (79 A.D.), and Titus died two years later, it can be assumed that the work was completed by Domitian, the emperor’s other son.

Of the original columns, only three remain. They are just over 15 meters high and support a fragment of an architrave.

The frieze of the architrave depicts objects used in sacrifices and part of an inscription. Since the entire inscription was written down in a kind of diary of an anonymous pilgrim from Einsiedeln in the 8th century, scholars been able to deduce that this is the Temple of Vespasian and Titus: Divo Vespasiano Augusto S.P.Q.R. Imp. Caes. Severus et Antoninus Pii Felices Aug. Restituer.

The restoration described by Septimius Severus and Caracalla was probably not very extensive, since what remains of the temple all dates from the time of its original construction.

A reconstruction of the entablature can be seen in the Tabularium.

Temple of Vespasian and Titus Rome


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