Maison Carrée

Maison Carrée

Date early 2nd CE (?)

Movement Roman

Located at Nimes, France

 

Maison Carrée is one early example of the many temples that were constructed across the Roman Empire. It is distinctly Roman: atop a high podium with a frontal portico of six Corinthian columns and engaged columns lining the cella. Once thought to have been built to commemorate Augustus, with dowels of an inscription that may have stated so and its Acanthus leaves mirroring those of the Ara Pacis, scholars now believe this to have been built under Trajan’s rule as a dedication to his wife.