Photographer's Note

The Doric Temple, found in the ruins of Pompeii, occupies the southern part of the Triangular forum. It is one of the earliest structures in Pompeii, first built in the sixth century BC when the town was under Greek control. It's unclear, but it is believed that the temple was consecrated to Hercules, the mythical founder of the city and it later involved the cult of Minerva. It was later reconstructed, during the Sammite period, but it may have been abandoned even during the Roman period. There are very few remains but it originally featured 32 columns and a foundation consisting of high steps. It was constructed of tufa, as much of the rest of the town, with only the column capitals made of marble from nearby Sarno. Another interesting feature is that instead of a single altar placed in front of the temple, as with most others, it featured three, made of tufa blocks, with two set on a single foundation.

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Additional Photos by Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 78 N: 625] (1392)
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