Temple of Apollo, Pompeii

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The Temple of Apollo is a Roman temple dedicated to the Greek and Roman god Apollo in the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, southern Italy.
Facing the northern side of the town, it is the town's most important religious building and has very ancient state of origin. The cult of Apollo, imported from Greece, was very widespread in Campania, and (from excavations in the temple's vicinity) is attested in Pompeii since the 6th century BC. The sanctuary gained its present appearance in a 2nd-century BC rebuild and another reconstruction to repair the damage from the 62 earthquake (repairs left incomplete at the time of the eruption). The temple, in the center of a sacred enclosure, was surrounded on all four sides by a wide series of tuff columns from Nocera, originally grooved and with Ionic capitals, that were being replaced with stucco columns and Corinthian capitals painted in yellow, red and dark blue.
The elegant Doric architrave of metopes and triglyphs resting on the columns was transformed into a continuous frieze with griffins, festoons and foliage. Today the remains of the templefront appear as they originally did, since almost all of this transformation in plaster has disappeared. Some statues of a deity have been recovered, facing the columns of the portico. These are now in the National Archeological Museum of Naples, though copies of two of them – one representing Apollo, the other a bust of Diana – have been placed where the originals were found.
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  • Make sure to set time aside to visit the Temple of Apollo when you visit Pompeii. There is not a lot left of it, but it is amazing to see.  more »
  • Entering from the entrance of Porta Marina after the steep climb on the left you can admire this ancient temple which was dedicated to Apollo. This temple held the administrative practices of the...  more »
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  • Pompeii (/pɒmˈpeɪi/) was an ancient Romancity near modern Naples in the Campaniaregion of Italy, in the territory of the comuneof Pompei. Pompeii, along with Herculaneumand many villas in the surrounding area (e.g. at Boscoreale, Stabiae), was buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of volcanic ash and pumicein the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Volcanic ash typically buried inhabitants who did not escape the lethal effects of the earthquake and eruption. Largely preserved under the ash, the excavated city offers a unique snapshot of Roman life, frozen at the moment it was buried and providing an extraordinarily detailed insight into the everyday life of its inhabitants. Organic remains, including wooden objects and human bodies, were entombed in the ash and decayed away, making natural molds; and excavators used these to make plaster casts, unique and often gruesome figures from the last minutes of the catastrophe. The numerous graffiti carved on the walls and inside rooms provides a wealth of examples of the largely lost Vulgar Latinspoken colloquially, contrasting with the formal language of the classical writers. Pompeii is a UNESCO World Heritage Sitestatus and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy, with approximately 2.5 million visitors every year. Excavations recommenced in several unexplored areas of the city, and in 2018 new discoveries were reported.
  • pretty cool, took a photo and sat on some of the pillars. although i cant find it, elsewhere in Pompeii i saw dead people so thats a plus .
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