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Via in Miranda, 10
The temple is visibile inside the Foro Romano archaeological area. Every day. From the last Sunday of October to February 15th 08:30-16:30; January 10th 2016 from February 16th to March 15th 08:30-17:00; from March 16th to the last Saturday of March 08:30-17:30; from the last Sunday of March to August 31st 08:30-19:15; from September 1st to September 30th 08:30-19:00; from October 1st to the last Saturday of October 08:30-18:30; June 2nd 13:30-19:15. The ticket office closes one hour before closing time. Closed on 1st January, 1st May, and 25th December. Admission fee.
Church entry: every Thursday 9:00-11:00. Closed in August. Free entry.
The church of S. Lorenzo de’ Speziali in Miranda is located in the Roman Forum, in the temple that the emperor Antoninus Pius erected in honour of his wife Faustina in 140 AD and where he himself was revered after his death. Between the seventh and eighth centuries AD, the cell of the temple was transformed into a church dedicated to San Lorenzo, to mark the place where the martyr had been sentenced to death. In 1430 Pope Martin V granted the church to the University of Apothecaries, who still have the jurisdiction. The name Miranda refers to the wonderful views of the Forum. The ten columns of the porch of the ancient temple are currently visible in front of the seventeenth century facade in brick by Orazio Torriani. The interior, which can only be visited on Thursdays, is home to famous works such as the “Martyrdom of St. Lawrence” by Pietro da Cortona and the “Madonna with Child and Saints” by Domenichino.