The Temple of Vesta was an ancient Roman shrine dedicated to the goddess of the hearth, the remains of which are found in the southeast of the Roman Forum.
Serving as the temple of the Vestal Virgins, the priestesses dedicated to Vesta, the Temple of Vesta housed an eternal flame which represented the everlasting nature of the state. If the flame were extinguished, this would indicate doom for Rome.
As with other temples of this kind, the Temple of Vesta would have been a circular structure facing east. It burned down several times, including in the Great Fire of Rome.
Today, the remains of the Temple of Vesta hint at its former grandeur, made up of three main standing columns and part of a fourth with steps leading up to it.
The Temple of Vesta is located in the southeast of the Roman Forum, next to the Temple of Castor and Pollux. The Roman Forum is off the Via dei Fori Imperiali, near Colosseo metro station on line B.
The Roman Forum is open 9am-7pm. Entry costs €12. This is a combined ticket including entry to the Palatine and Colosseum.
Aedes Vesta, Foro Romano, Rome, Italy
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