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Imperial Cult Sites

Below is an illustrated index of the 4 Imperial cult sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Temple of Hadrian
    Ephesus, Turkey
    This attractive Roman imperial temple was constructed in 118 AD and reconstructed in the fifth century. Its tympanum bears an interesting frieze that may depict Medusa.
  • Maison Carrée
    Nîmes, France
    The pride of Nîmes, the Maison Carrée (5 BC) is one of the most beautiful, and certainly one of the best-preserved, Roman temples of Europe.
  • Arch of Titus
    Rome, Italy
    Located near the entrance to the imperial Forum, this arch contains a relief depicting the destruction and looting of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD.
  • Temple of Vespasian
    Rome, Italy
    Three Corinthian columns remain of this temple at the west end of the Roman Forum. It was built c.80-85 AD to the deified emperors Vespasian (d. 79) and Titus (d. 81).