Tivoli. Roman Temple of the cough

Its history of the temple of the cough of Tivoli is not known precisely.

From a tombstone it seems that the building dates back to the time of Constantine I, the mid-fourth century, and it is built on the ruins of a Roman villa of the first century B.C., to commemorate the work performed on the Via Tiburtina.

There is no foundation to the medieval hypothesis that it was a temple dedicated to the personification of cough, to ward off the disease from the Tiburtina population.

The building became a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the tenth century using material from the nearby sanctuary of Hercules. Inside it has a few late medieval frescoes.

It was abandoned between the XVII and XVIII centuries and is privately owned.


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