Triangular Forum, Pompei

Triangular Forum, Pompei

The Triangular Forum stands at the highest point of Pompeii, on the brow of the hill on which the city was built. It is even visible from ships passing along the coast. A central public space, it has a number of important buildings around its perimeter. The large theatre connects to the forum via a stairway, whilst two gymnasiums and a bakery also back onto the open space. This was at odds with the Triangular Forum’s main purpose as a sacred, reflective spot.

A Doric temple built from Sarno limestone stands in the centre of the forum, dating from the 6th century BC. Believed to be a temple to Hercules, and later used by the cult of Minerva. A colonnade, formed of ninety-five columns, was built around the forum in the 2nd century BC to preserve the forum’s tranquility. It is thought that the temple was abandoned long before the disasters 250 years later, however.

A number of intriguing features remain in the Triangular Forum today. There is a mysterious tomb like structure at the foot of the ruined temple, thought to be a monument to the founder of Pompeii. You can also find the remains of three tuff stone altars, dated to the pre-Roman era, and a well flanked by Doric columns. Behind the well, a semi-circular tuff stone seat offers the city’s finest view over the Gulf of Naples to the west.

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Triangular Forum on Map

Sight Name: Triangular Forum
Sight Location: Pompei, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Old City Self Guided Tour II  

Walking Tours in Pompei, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Pompei

Create Your Own Walk in Pompei

Creating your own self-guided walk in Pompei is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historic Places of Pompeii

Historic Places of Pompeii

One of the most visited places in Italy, Pompeii is a prosperous ancient city of merchants that in 79 AD was buried under ashes and cinders from Vesuvius volcano. Because of that disaster, many fragments of antiquity were preserved and are now brought back to life. Don't hesitate to spend a few hours of your time to explore the historic places and the open-air museum of Pompeii.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Pompeii Ancient Life Tour

Pompeii Ancient Life Tour

Pompeii is a prosperous ancient town that was buried under ashes from Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD. The disaster perfectly preserved some of Pompeii's artifacts can now tell us about the daily life and traditions of its citizens. Follow this self-guided tour to explore the town houses and learn more about the life of its inhabitants.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Once, almost 2,000 years ago, the prosperous city of Pompeii was buried under the ash from Vesuvius and this preserved its historic and cultural treasures for hundreds of years. Rich in archaeological and historic sites, Pompeii is well worth seeing. Take this orientation walk down Pompeii streets, and enjoy the most popular sights of Pompei.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Old City Self Guided Tour II

Old City Self Guided Tour II

2,000 years on, the secrets of Pompeii have not been fully revealed until today. Wonderful pieces of art have been found in the excavations of the ancient town. Enjoy the view of Vesuvius and touch the preserved walls, which keep the memories of Pompeii and its citizens alive. Take this tour and discover the town once buried under the thick layer of ash.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Tour of Pompeii Places of Worship

Tour of Pompeii Places of Worship

The true age of Pompeii can be determined through the temples and places of worship found there. They provide us the clearest picture of the cultural life of Pompeii citizens. Take this tour and discover the remnants of places of worship of the various cults practiced in the ancient city that laid buried in ash and clinker from the Vesuvius eruption since 79 AD.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Old City Self Guided Tour I

Old City Self Guided Tour I

Due to the quick and unexpected death of the city of Pompeii, it has become a window into the past, which shows us the way people lived back in the 1st century A.D. Roman Empire. Take this tour to discover the preserved sights of the ancient city -- the details of its public, private and cultural life.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles