National Geographic : 1937 Mar
Photograph by Bernard F.Rogers, Jr. BEYOND THESE SHRINES OF ANCIENT ROME LIES A MODERN CITY OF MANYDOMES AND SPIRES About 400 public churches are now found in the capital. Archeologists are uncertain of the deity to whom the so-called "Temple ofVesta" was dedicated. Except for a tile roof, the graceful Corinthian edifice probably looks much as it did in Roman times. The small Temple of Fortuna Virilis (right), perhaps dedicated originally to the Goddess of Dawn, is the best-preserved monument of the early Republic. The larger dome seen above the treescaps the Synagogue. St. Peter's appears inthe left background beyond a succession of new and old bridges over the Tiber.