Cicero described the oracle at the Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia at Praeneste (Palestrina, Italy, in today's world); a popular destination for devotees of the Goddess Fortuna over a period of hundreds of years, and for countless generations of mothers who sought predictions for their babies in ancient times.
|3d computer model of the Temple complex|
as it would have been at its peak.
|Travelling the basalt Roman road|
to and from the temple complex
and forum marketplace.
|Wine, lamp oil, foodstuffs and incense|
were unloaded in amorphae
to be hauled up the service ramps to the Forum
for sale and use in the ceremonies and rites
of Dea Fortuna Primigenia.
|A long climb to the shrine.|
|The traffic in front of the temple|
could be quite busy during the day
with merchants getting their stocks in,
and priestesses/priests receiving their deliveries.
|This ramp is one of three routes to the top,|
and serves as an alternative
to the covered ramp at the front of the complex,
and is mainly used by merchants and traders.
|Staircase to the next level.|
|Further up to ascend!|
|This level has a row of sculpture niches.|
Note the torcheres for night ceremonies.
|The stairs to higher up the terraces.|
|The way the Sanctuary probably looked|
over 2000 years ago
illuminated by torcheres.
|An aerial view of the temple illuminated|
as it probably looked in ancient times.
|A view by day, showing the torcheres|
used to light the temple up.
|Ascending up the steps during the rites of|
Dea Fortuna Primigenia
towards the forum, now adorned with red.
|The temple complex adorned with red banners|
for sacred rites to Fortuna,
the Goddess of Fate, and Prosperity.
|The top of the complex,|
next to the sacred shrine
of the Goddess Fortuna Primigenia
where her statue was housed.
Reconstruction of the temple of Fortuna Primigenia at Palestrina
by Pietro da Cortona (1596 to 1669 CE),
public domain image
Virtual Tour provided with the permission of 3d model and virtual tour creator, Darren / Logan5Ariel