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Maison Carree

Listed under Temples in Nîmes, France.

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This civic Roman temple was built by Agrippa, who died in 12 B.C. It shows the allegiance and loyalty of the Roman colony to the imperial dynasty. It stands on the short south side of the forum, which it dominates, resting on a podium which is nearly 3 metres high. It was built of local limestone, but without a doubt the architect and workmen came from Rome. The source of the frieze with its acanthus scrolls is the Ara Pacis in Rome, which is the best preserved example of Augustan classicism. The ratio of short to long sides approaches 1:2 (6:11 columns), and the portico takes up almost a third of the total length. - John Julius Norwich. "It represents the ultimate of Graeco-Etruscan design interpreted in monumtental Augustan architecture, correct in the canons of design and incorporating a rich, well-detailed Corinthian order. It is raised on a podium 3.66m (12ft) high, with steps only on the entrance (west) facade, and it is psuedo-peripteral hexastyle." - Sir Banister Fletcher

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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