Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Temple of Hadrian, Rome

The Temple of Hadrian, located in the centre of the Italian capital, in Piazza di Pietra, is a temple erected in honour of Emperor Hadrian, the emperor who took the Roman Empire to its maximum extension and who was deified after his death. It was erected by his successor, Antoninus Pius. The building, formerly a customs  building in 1831 was later used as headquarters of the Stock Exchange in Rome. However, for a period it was mistakenly known as the Temple of Neptune. 
Due to its current, clever design it is one of the most prestigious conference venues in the capital, creating a magnificent architectural dialogue between the ancient and the modern. It is, undoubtedly, a brilliant example of  historical revitalization. 

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