regio: 7, insula: 9, civico: 4
Preferred name: Sanctuary of Public Lares
Alternative names: LARES PUBLICI (SACELLUM DEI), SACELLUM LARUM PUBLICORUM, SENACULUM, SENATO (SALA DEL), ATRIUM, BONA DEA (TEMPLUM DELLA), COMITIUM, CURIA, DECURIONATO (LUOGO DEL), DECURIONI (SALA DEI), LARES PUBLICI (AEDES DEI), LARES PUBLICI (ATRIUM DEI), LARI PUBBLICI (SACELLO DEI), PUBLIC LIBRARY, TABULARIUM
Type: public buildings
The Sanctuary of the public Lares overlooks the east side of the Civil Forum of Pompeii, being placed between the Macellum and the Aedes Genii Augusti. It is a huge, quite squared hall, provided with two lateral 'alae' and an apse in the back wall. The front of the building is open, since the facade is formed by a row of eight columns aligned with the colonade of the Forum. There are three niches in each side wall of the main room, in the 'antae' and east of the 'alae', and two more niches in the rear wall, on both sides of the apse. The niches, the 'alae' and the end of the apse are all equipped with bases. The centre of the building is underlined by the base of an altar. Structural elements are built in 'opus quasi-reticulatum' , 'opus incertum' and 'opus testaceum'; however, traces of the original decoration reveal that it was previously covered with 'crustae' of marble, paved with 'opus sectile', adorned with marble columns, at least in the apse, and statues on the bases.