Shrine of Venus CloacinaA sanctuary for the patron deity of the Cloaca Maxima Forum Romanum / Rome / Italy
The Shrine of Venus Cloacina (Sacrum Cloacina) in the Forum Romanum was a small shrine for Cloacina, the patron deity of the Cloaca Maxima. The shrine marks the entrance of the sewer, that drains the area of the Forum, into the Forum. Cloacina was later identified with Venus. The shrine is located in front of the Basilica Aemilia, on the Via Sacra.
The open-air shrine consisted of circular marble wall with a diameter of 2.4m, and within this enclosure cult statues of Cloacina and Venus stood on low bases.
Only the foundation of the circular enclosing wall remains to this day.
- LacusCurtius: Platner: A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome
- LacusCurtius: Hülsen: Il Foro Romano - Storia e Monumenti
Prints of the photographs are available — read more here.
The pictures above are taken in the following locations:
- Basilica Aemilia - The last of the republican basilicas in the Forum Romanum (Forum Romanum, Rome, Italy)
- Venus - Goddess of love, beauty and prostitutes (Roman Religion and Mythology, Lexicon)
- Via Sacra - The sacred procession road through the Forum Romanum (Forum Romanum, Rome, Italy)
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