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A temple dedicated to Portunus, the god of voyage landings, whose structure dates back to the first century BC, although there are traces of earlier phases, can be seen in the Forum Boarium, the market area in the old river port of Rome. Between 872 and 882, under Pope John VIII, the temple was transformed into a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary at first, then, from 1492, to St. Mary of Egypt, the Egyptian nun and hermit, who after a dissolute life, was converted in Jerusalem. A bell tower was built for the new church. In 1916 the church was removed to restore the original appearance of the temple.