In Villa Borghese, on a small island in an artificial lake, stands the Temple of Aesculapius, which was built between 1785 and 1792 by Antonio and Mario Asprucci, with the help of Cristoforo Unterperger.
The charming temple houses an antique statue of Aesculpaius, the Greek god of medicine and healing, which was found in the ruins of the Mausoleum of Augustus.
An ancient temple to Aesculpius once stood on the Isola Tiberina (Tiber Island) and the bas-relief in the pediment depicts the arrival, by boat, of a snake sacred to the God.
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 walking tours of Rome.
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