This unique temple, once considered a Temple of Vesta because of its round shape, is located in the Piazza della Bocca della Verità in Rome. The temple is located just across the river by the Isola Tiberta, and it’s a great place to explore in Rome because it’s near the Circus Maximum, Theatre of Marcello, the Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin, as well as nearby the famed Bocca della Verità (anyone who has seen the movie, Roman Holiday, will know what I’m talking about!). It’s also a short walk from Trastevere, so you are bound to find something to see and do while you’re in this part of the city!
The temple has served as an inspiration to other architects over the centuries from Hadrian all the way to the Renaissance with its circular plan being adopted for many churches. This temple, like many in Rome, was converted by the Catholic church, but it ceased to be used so and was restored (but it should be noted that the temple survived most probably because of its use as a church).
This building is unique not only because of its circular plan based on a Greek design but also because it is considered one of the oldest marble (and still standing) structures in Rome, having been constructed later second century BC (consider that the Colosseum was built between in the 1st century AD).
Definitely a must see on any trip to Rome!