Similar Buildings to the Tempietto

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1. Temple of Hercules Victor
2. Temple of Vesta
3. St. Peter's Basilica

1. Temple of Hercules Victor

The Temple of Hercules Victor is the remnant of a Greek sanctuary in Rome, built in the second century BC. One can notice the similarities between the Temple of Hercules and the Tempietto in the way both buildings are designed: circular arrangement of columns which support a circular system of beams that carry a cupola. Moreover, just like the Tempietto is it has been converted into a church. Even now some traces of Christianity can be found, for instance a little Christian graffiti on the back of the temple.

Temple of Hercules Victor[1] Inscription on the
back of the temple [2]

2. Temple of Vesta

Temple of Vesta in Tivoli[3]

The Temple of Vesta was a Roman temple in Tivoli. Just like the Tempietto and the above-mentioned Temple of Hercules, it is built on a circular foundation. The internal part of the temple is round as well, to stress the focus on the central part of the temple: the hearth fire, which was eternally burning. Similarly to the Tempietto and the temple of Hercules, the Temple of Vesta was Christianised as a church, named Santa Maria della Rotonda.

3. St Peter's Basilica

St Peter's Basilica is considered to be the most significant work of Renaissance architecture and remains one of the largest churches in the world. Just as the Tempietto, it was principally designed by Bramante, and although on the surface the two works cannot be classified as similar, there are common elements. For instance, the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, which contains the tabernacle by Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598 - 1680) resembles the Tempietto, supported by two kneeling angels and on the background a painting of the Holy Trinity by Pietro da Cortona (1596/7 - 1669).

St. Peter's basilica façade[4] Da Cortona's picture
of the Holy Trinity