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This ancient Roman temple, is the most extraordinary and best preserved ancient building in Rome. It was built by Marcus Vespasian Agrippa, in the Martian Field between 27 and 25 BC in honour of all the gods. Renovated by Domitian after a fire in AD 80 and rebuilt by Hadrian in AD 110 after being hit by a bolt of lightning, the temple is now almost intact. Particularly interesting is the dome, Roman technical and architectural masterpiece and also the biggest dome built in those times: it is 43 metres high and its diameter is equal to that of Saint Peter's, 42.56 metres. In 609 Boniface IV dedicated it to the Virgin Mary and all the Martyrs and in 663 the tiles made of golden bronze of the emperor Costante II were taken off and It was covered with lead by Gregory III in 735. Outside, the building has a 33-metre long, 16-metre wide portico with 16 columns made of grey and pink granite.
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