Department of Culture and Tourism

The Tivoli you don't expect

31
italiano inglese


Sanctuary of Hercules Victor


The huge Sanctuary of Hercules Victor was devoted to protecting god of Tibur. It was located at the foot of the city. The construction of the complex lasted about ten years and gave many problems to the architects. Initially, they had to dig a covered way under the sanctuary to let the ancient Tiburtina Valeria road pass through, the so-called Via Tecta, and then they were forced to raise the arches to get across the Aniene river ravines.

Originally the sanctuary occupied 3,000 square meters and was divided into three environments: a temple, a theatre and a huge square that served as a sacred area. The main purpose of the magnificent and gigantic architectural design (188 x 141 m) was to impress all visitors coming to Tivoli from Rome. The structure used for the foundations rose up to about 50 meters above the Aniene River. In the past the sanctuary housed the statue of Hercules, the god worshiped by the Salii priests, who organized a ceremony in his honour during the ides of August, as we are reminded by Virgil in the Aeneid.
Until fifty years ago the area of the sanctuary was occupied by the Cartiere Tiburtine: factories that transformed straw and wood in different qualities of paper, only using the driving force produced by the Aniene River.
On 1 May 2015, concurrently with the opening of Expo 2015 and the 3230 anniversary of the birth of Tivoli, there was an extraordinary opening of the Sanctuary to the public. This is also thanks to the meticulous work carried out in collaboration with the Superintendence of Archaeology of Lazio and Southern Etruria. The aim of the project is to make this site an important cultural offering of the city.

Watch the TG2 news

Address via degli Stabilimenti, 5 - 00019 Tivoli (RM)
Telephone 0774-330329



Photo gallery

Thereabouts

  • 1. Enlarge or reduce the display.
  • 2. Click on the map pointer to discover the place of the site you are looking for;
  • 3. Click on the map pointer to visit the page on the site of your interest.



Sites of related interest

Archeology

Anio Vetus and Marcia Aqueducts

The Anio Vetus Aqueduct was built between 272 and 279 BC by Marcius Curius Dentatus and Fulvius Flaccus. The aqueductus had a flow rate of about 180,000 cubic metres per day, along its 64-kilometer course.
Discover Details

Archeology

The Temple of Vesta

The Temple of Vesta is a very important structure of the ancient acropolis of Tivoli. It is next to the Temple of the Sibyl and is probably dedicated to Vesta, the goddess of the hearth.
Discover Details

Archeology

Mensa Ponderaria

Near the Duomo we can find the Mensa Ponderaria (1st Century BC), an ancient Roman site for traders' use (a bench for weights and measures).
Discover Details





icona twittericona instagramicona facebook

#visittivoli

Share the beauty of Tivoli:
1. Take a picture
2. Put it on your profile with #visittivoli
3. Update the Home Page of this site




stemma comune di Tivoli

Comune di Tivoli

Department of Culture and Tourism


City of art, culture and World Heritage of Humanity – UNESCO monuments logo unesco

Piazza del Governo 1 - 00019 Tivoli (RM) Tel: 07744531
Fax: 0774330675 - PEC: info@pec.comune.tivoli.rm.it
C.F.: 02696630587

Privacy Policy - Site map - Designed by Comunicando Leader


Progetto finanziato dalla Regione Lazio - Agenzia Regionale del Turismo
logo Regione lazio


icona social twittericona social instagramicona social facebookicona social youtube

w3c logo html5