Temple of Jupiter, Split

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The Temple of Jupiter, Capitolium, or Temple of the Capitoline Triad was a temple in Roman Pompeii, at the north end of its forum. Initially dedicated to Jupiter alone, it was built in the mid-2nd century BC at the same time as the temple of Apollo was being renovated - this was the area at which Roman influence over Pompeii increased and so Roman Jupiter superseded the Greek Apollo as the town's highest god. Jupiter was the ruler of the gods and the protector of Rome, where his temple was the center of Roman Religion and of the cult of state.
As the most important divinity in Ancient Rome, many temples were built to honor Jupiter or the entire Capitoline Triad (consisting of Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva) in towns newly conquered by the Romans. This held true for Pompeii, where the previously existing Temple of Jupiter was enlarged and Romanized upon conquest.
Pompeii was occupied by the Romans beginning in 310 BC. It maintained much of its autonomy, however, until the Italic Revolt against Rome at the beginning of the 1st century BC. In 89, the town was besieged by Sulla. Roman language, culture, and law would soon come to dominate the city.
The architecture of the town had been largely changed by the Greeks, but Roman rule would soon lead to alterations in this style. In contrast to the previous Samnite occupiers, the Romans very much believed in the importance of architecture in religious and civic life. Pompeii was transformed into a much more public and open place. Public buildings and spaces would come to dominate the city.
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  • I was about to go to the baptismal room. It is said that the King of Croatia is carved on the baptism board. I'm sure i have an apple or something, but I didn't know.
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  • Ul. Kraj Svetog Ivana 2, 21000, Split, Croatia an ancient Roman temple dedicated to the king of the gods Jupiter. It still has its original barrel-vaulted ceiling and decorative frontage. Circa 295 AD  more »
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  • We bought a package that gives access to the cathedral and also Jupiter’s temple. The temple is located some 100meters from the cathedral. It’s situated in narrow streets. It’s a very small temple, so only a quick thing to see, though is has an impressive story to it, so sure a must see, as it gives knowledge about the area. It’s cheap too to visit, so do go.
  • Its beauty stands in its historical significance, so you'll have to put your imagination at work. Worth visiting and finding its story with the ticket bought from the cathedral (that also includes this temple l, underground tombs and treasury (optional)).
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