Sunday, April 22, 2007

Remains of Apollo's Temple

In the volcanic devastated city of Pompeii, multiple remains of religious temples still exist today. One of the best intact worship centers was Apollo’s Temple, which is located near the main entrance to the site. As the god of medicine and archery, citizens of Pompeii would visit this structure for healing and protection purposes. The sacrificial podium still stands in front of the central temple structure. Surrounding the worship area, partial columns still follow the perimeter of the site. Also included in this space is a well-maintained statue of Apollo in perhaps a state of preparing to utilize the bow and arrow, although the bow and arrow do not appear today. Surprisingly, the majority of the materiality of the temple survives today despite harsh weather conditions and the infamous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Apollo’s Temple is definitely worth a survey when visiting the popular tourist destination of Pompeii, Italy.
Patrick Lee

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