The remains of the Temple of Venus Genetrix (Birth Giver) in the Forum of Caesar. Construction of the forum itself began in 54 BC on land purchased by Caesar himself, located at the northeast end of the Forum Romanum. It measured about 600 x 225 feet. Caesar reportedly had a statue of his favorite horse placed in front of this temple, which he had built as he claimed divine descent from Venus via the Julia gens. The temple was actually completed after his assassination but it was planned in advance of his death. It was built of marble, and featured eight octastyle columns raised on a podium accessed by two small lateral staircases, rather than a large central one. It reportedly housed a large temple treasure, including an extensive collection of statues, paintings and engravings, including engraved gems and a breastplate decorated with pearls. Much of the rest of the forum also did eventually, which became crowded with offerings and dedications. Domitian undertook an extensive renovation of the Forum, as the Forum of Caesar and much of the rest of the Forum Romanum was destroyed in another major fire in 80 AD; it was thus not rebuilt until 95.