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"Temple of Juno-Caelestis" Dougga Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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To the west of the Arch of Alexander Severus lies the Temple of Juno-Caelestis - the Roman equivalent of the Punic goddess Tanit. Its semicircular layout recalls the crescent moon which was the commonest symbol for Tanit. Built between 222 and 235 by Julius Gabinius and his wife Julia Gabinia Venusta, the peripteral temple is surrounded by a semicircular portico which itself is enclosed by a semicircular wall. The basin for ritual purification lay between the ring wall and a subsidiary building to the east of the temple precinct. On the north side of the temple is an apse, constructed when it was converted into a church.

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  • Written Aug 29, 2008
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