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Tempio di Castore e Polluce

  • West of Casa delle Vestali Map It
  • Monti
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Published 06/20/2007

Fodor's Review

The sole three remaining Corinthian columns of this temple beautifully evoke the former grandeur and elegance of the Forum. This temple was dedicated in 484 BC to Castor and Pollux, the twin brothers of Helen of Troy, who carried to Rome the news of victory at Lake Regillus, southeast of Romeā€”the definitive defeat of the deposed Tarquin dynasty. The twins flew on their fabulous white steeds 20 km (12 miles) to the city to bring the news to the people before mortal messengers could arrive. Rebuilt over the centuries before Christ, the temple suffered a major fire and was reconstructed by the future Emperor Tiberius in 12 BC, the date of the three standing columns.

Sight Information

Address:

West of Casa delle Vestali, Rome, Latium, 00186, Italy

Map It

Published 06/20/2007

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