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One of the most impressive buildings in Herculaneum, it was the centre for the cult of the Emperor Augustus. Contained within are some amazingly beautiful and well preserved frescoes, including on of Hercules fighting Achelous. There is also an impressive dedication tablet on one wall....More
The augustales were priests, dedicated to the cult of emperor Augustus and the gens julia, so it was an important building. It is large and beautifully decorated with frescoes, some of which have been preserved.
This big building is covered with fresco's. Unfortunately there are a lot of pigeons here aswell. They use the place as a bathroom. Maybe an idea to deal with this. There is also an altar which is beautiful, also the marble text on the wall...More
Really interesting, It was interesting to see that Augustus had had a college named after him for all things Augustian. We today see colleges and university named after famous patrons and people and it seems in those days this also happened. The wall frescos are...More
There is quite a good degree of preservation in this building and as a temple for the worship of the imperial family it is of interest so it is well worth walking up to the top end of the town to see it.
If you want to go, go soon! To my surprise the area is relatively accessible by visitors, and I think the preservations will not last too much longer. You can see and touch a lot of the painting/frescos etc, and it's pretty surreal. Skip the...More
This is a magnificent building, the largest to be visited in Herculaneum, dedicated to worshipping of the emperor Augustus, built maybe by a club of affluent freed slaves ("liberti"). The most prominent features are the well conservated ‘fourth style’ frescoes: on the left wall is...More