10Temple of Apollo

As the oldest structure in Pompeii, the Temple of Apollo facing the city’s Forum illustrates the changes in architectural styles that occurred from its early beginnings in the 6th century B.C. to the moment of its destruction in 79 A.D.

The original Etruscan design was amended by the Greeks, and then expanded by the Romans with the addition of a perimeter of outer columns. While most of the temple’s original bronze statues are now in the National Archeological Museum of Naples, a copy of Apollo and a bust of the goddess Diana stand in their place.