The Portico of Octavia was once a monumental quadriporticus (119 m by 132 m), which enclosed two temples, one dedicated to Juno Regina the other to Jupiter Stator.
The portico was first erected by Quintus Caecilius Metellus in 146 BCE, but rebuilt, circa 23 BCE, by the emperor Augustus, in honour of his sister Octavia.
In the 8th century the church of Sant' Angelo in Pescheria was erected in the ruins of the portico.
From the middle-ages until the 19th century, the portico was also used as a fish market.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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