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The Hadrian's Villa (Villa Adriana in Italian) is a large Roman archaeological complex at Tivoli, Italy. The villa was constructed at Tibur (modern-day Tivoli) as a retreat from Rome for Roman Emperor Hadrian during the second and third decades of the 2nd century AD. Hadrian was said to dislike the palace on the Palatine Hill in Rome, leading to the construction of the retreat. During the later years of his reign, he actually governed the empire from the villa. A large court therefore lived there permanently. The postal service kept it in contact with Rome 18 miles (29 km) away. After Hadrian, the villa was used by his various successors. During the decline of the Roman Empire the villa fell into disuse and was partially ruined. In the 16th century Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este had much of the marble and statues in Hadrian's villa removed to decorate his own Villa d'Este located nearby. The Canopus is among the monuments of the villa that has a certain identification which is the waterway that connected Alexandria to the ancient city of Canopus, which owes its name to the helmsman of Menelaus, who return from the Trojan War, where he died. This temple grotto sacred to Serapis clearly inspired by the Egyptian returned in time a large number of sculptures in addition to his likeness still outstanding. The temple in which ends the long basin consists of a large semi-circular room, covered by a dome into wedges. The large spherical shell with compartments and sailing, was covered with mosaic tiles in black and white. In the background are curved wall niches, some of which were of cascading fountains and other housed the statues, the finish made ??of Tartars, mosaics and marble, thanks to water games, gave the impression of being in a cave . On the opposite side of the basin was surrounded by a colonnade with architrave mixtilinear spaces in which there were many statues intercolunnari (Ares, Athena, Hermes, Amazon) as well as copies of two of the caryatids of the Erechtheum and two Sileni. The whole plant is considered as a great summer room for banquets.

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