In every Roman city the Forum represented by main square where main civil activities were carried out, whether it be religious or commercial. The Forum in Pompei was reserved to pedestrians and carts were not allowed. Only public buildings overlooked this area which was about 142 metres long and 38 metres wide.
The Forum today is bare of statues and its ornate flooring and marble work. It is believed that after the eruption, the area got dug up and these were then re-used in other works. The Temple of JUPITER faces ov er the Forum which later on became Capitolium and then dedicated to the 3 divinities of the city: Jupiter, Juno and Minerva.
In the basement of the temple besides finding sacred objects, gifts left by believers, also Public Treasure called the ERARIUM.
November - March, every day from 09.00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(last admission 3.30 p.m.)
April - October, every day from 09.00 a.m.to 7.30 p.m.
(last admission 6 p.m.)
Closed: 1st January, 1st May, 25th December