Portunus temple - Rome

The Temple of Portunus, otherwise known as the “rectangular temple” or Temple of the Virile Fortune, rests on the slopes of Palatine Hill in the area of the ancient Forum Boarium. According to current studies, the temple dates to the IV-III century B. C., and went through several decorative stages during I-II century A. D. Between the VIII and IX century A. D. the temple was converted into a church and dedicated to Santa Maria Egiziaca (Saint Mary of Egypt). The church endured multiple transformations and was incorporated into adjacent buildings until 1921, when the Architect Muñoz, during the demolitions for the creation of present-day Via Petroselli had it demolished to uncover the structure of the ancient Roman temple, and contextually brought to light remains of medieval frescoes surviving from subsequent transformations. The restoration of the frescoes is part of a larger restoration project funded by the World Monument Fund and the Soprintendenza Speciale ai Beni Archeologici di Roma (see section “Stone materials and stuccoes” and “Detached paintings”). The intervention began in 2006 and is now being completed along with the restoration of the external western wall.
(Photo by P. Soriani)
Portunus temple - Rome

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