It seems the Goddess of Luck, otherwise known as, Fortuna Augusta didn't quite do her job where Pompeii was concerned. Maybe she was sleeping when the eruption of Vesuvius occurred.
Fortuna Augusta was supposed to ensure the good fortune and fertility of the Emperor, so perhaps she should be excused for what happened to this ancient city. It doesn't seem that it was her main focus.
According to what I've read, this temple was constructed in 3BC. It was not the showstopper that other temples in the city were, but still it was 'graceful' in its construction. It was overseen by a body of priests known as the Augustales.
The temple was located at the end of the Via del Foro and at one time there were shops and two-story homes next to it.
Favorite thing: This temple was built in the second century BC. Inside there was a statue of Jupiter whose head is preserved. The building was transformed into Capitolium and consecrated to the worship of the Capitoline Trinity (Jupiter, Juno and Minerva).
Favorite thing: This is the interior of Santuario della Madonna del Rosario (Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary). As you can see the church is in neo-classical style with frescos of the XIX centuries. At the time of my visit the church hosted a wedding ceremony; a good chance to discover Italian traditions and life.
Favorite thing: To be seen in modern Pompei is the Santuario della Madonna del Rosario (Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary), a neo-classic church which is a place of constant pilgrimage. You can easily find it becuase it stands in the main square of Pompei and I think is the only big church there, plus most of the buses stop not far from it, so you can miss it!
Just wandering around you find some things not on the usual tour guides and why we prefered to do our own thing this time around - plus you also escape the tour groups and can get a better photo.
These stautes in the corniches of the Eumachia building, just off the forum, caught my eye.
Favorite thing: Jupiter was one of the many gods of the Romans.The Temple of Jupiter was built in the second century B.C., and can be identified by the twelve Corinthian columns, three on each side and six at the front of the temple.
Favorite thing: There were several different deities in the temple: Apollo, Diana the Huntress, and possibly Mercury. The cella is on a high platform and is the most sacred part of the temple.
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