04 Feb 2008 • 1,961 views
This amazing, and huge, Roman Temple stands in the centre of √Čvora, in Portugal. Some online information refers to it as a Temple to Diana, others that it will have been dedicated to the Roman Emperor, I don't know which is true.
We were told that it was 'discovered' encased in mortar having been used as a warehouse, and although there was local rumours of a temple, nobody was quite sure where it was until the warehouse was being renovated. This may or may not be true, because some online sources say it was a butcher's and/or abattoir and was restored in late 19th century when surrounding, more modern, buildings were demolished to restore the square to its Roman glory.
Whatever the history, this temple is the best preserved and largest of its kind on the Iberian Peninsular.
√Čvora is - here -
and there is more about the town - here -
Through the columns you can see the top of the Cathedral.
The centre of √Čvora is a World Heritage Site.
The picture is 'straight out of camera', including annoying lens flare, although it's been resized for uploading..