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The remains of the Temple of Castor and Pollux or the Dioscuri in the Roman forum, near the Temple of Vesta was first built to commemorate a victory at the battle of Lake Regillus in 495 BC. The twin deities, or Gemini, the sons of Zeus and Leda. It's one of the more famous monuments in the Roman forum. The temple was rebuilt in 117 BC and was again restored in the 1st century BC. It is known that the temple was standing in the fourth century AD but nothing except the three columns and a piece of the architrave seen today remained by the fifteenth. How it came to be in its present condition is lagely unknown. The temple was immense, as the remaining columns are almost 50 feet high. It is described as a peripteral, 8 X 11 temple with a single cella, paved with mosaics. In republican times it served as a meeting place for the senate and a speaker's platform during the second century BC. It also housed the office for weights and measures and a depository for the state treasury. Perhaps it's so well known because it's amazing that these three columns have been standing rather precariously perched atop their foundation for so many centuries, when almost nothing of the surrounding structures remains.

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