Roman Temple, Évora

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    Roman Temple

    by johnsakura Updated Jul 16, 2003

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    roman temple portugal evora

    Favorite thing: Templo de Diana.
    wonderful place to visit. pure history being seen by your eyes. Its amazing how a thing build so long ago is still up in such a place.
    People usually go up the temple even with a sign saying NO CLIMBING PLEASE! I for many times told people to respect the archeologic site and not to ruin it by climb it and taking pieces of rocks back home, and they just tell me oh sorry but i don't understand portuguese so I couldn't read the sign: conclusiion: the sign is written in four different languages... hehehe.
    Once a group of portuguese tourists from the North were on top of the temple and i just went to the police that was just beside it and said: come one tell them to go away, its your duty has a police office... he just answered me: "come on its too much sun for me to be walking arroud, let me chill for a while" :o)

    Fondest memory: the backgroud of this temple:
    It is what remains of the forum of the city of Évora and was devoted to the imperial cult and not, unlike what is popularly believed, dedicated to the goddess Diana.
    The temple, built in marble and granite, is surrounded by Corithian columns rising upon a podium which remains almost complete. The columns of the façade have disappeared but the six columns on the back remain, as well as a few on the sides.
    It knew several changes over the centuries; namely in the 5th century, with the Barbarian invasions, and in the 14th century when it was used as a armoury for the city´s castle.
    During the second half of the 19th century, the buildings attached to it were demolished and it was almost completely restored, allowing the temple to recover its original aspect.
    During the 20th century, new escavations found remains of a portico and of the artificial lake that surrounded it.

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