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Hafen Tempel, Harbour Tempel

The harbour temple was the second-largest temple in the city after the Capitol. Like every Roman temple, it would have been dedicated to a deity, but we do not know which. The harbour temple was given its unusual name during the excavations, on account of its proximity to the harbour.

Selected parts of the temple have been reconstructed on a three metre high podium. A number of full-size pillars have been reconstructed and roof beams fitted to give some impression of the effect created by this magnificent edifice with its total height of 27 metres. Details have been reproduced on the basis of innumerable fragments found during the excavations.

One of the pillars has been painted in colour to illustrate the temple's originally magnificent colouring. Wide steps lead up to the temple's podium and its cella where the ritual acts took place. In antiquity, this was the prerogative of a select group of people; ordinary mortals were not allowed inside.

The temple's foundation plate and innumerable fragments were discovered during the excavations in 1977 and the following years. Several of these fragments are on display in the new Roman Museum. The foundation plate can now be reached via an entrance at the back of the temple, for the reconstructed building stands over it like a protective building. Interested visitors will find many archaeological traces dating back to the days when the temple was built almost two thousand years ago.

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Comments (65)

khoi tranduc on October 28, 2012

Very nice photo! Like!

M.Kranenborg-Torn on October 29, 2012

Erg sterke compo en foto, like.

Groetjes van Greetje

K@rin on October 29, 2012

Hello Senmax thanks for the very nice compliment and like

Hello Hasan welcome and thanks for the beautiful comment and like

Hello KhoiTran thanks for the very nice compliment and like

best wishes to you

Hallo GReetje dank voor je mooie commentaar en like , hartelijke groet Karin

EdwardTurJ on November 10, 2012

Greetings, K@rin!
Well captured!
Best wishes from Chernivtsi in Ukraine, Edward

K@rin on November 12, 2012

Hello Edward thanks

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 16, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by K@rin
    • Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
    • Taken on 2012/09/02 12:08:12
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 30.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash