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View looking south at the southwest portico—where the seven columns are—and the southwest portion of the large "garden" that was west of the Temple of Peace.  From left to right in the center of the image, there are two parallel walls that are joined in the center of the image.  This is a part of one of six such low structures.  Some believe that these were actually raised gardens and had a small aqueduct flowing on top of them.  A partial one is seen to the right of this one.

Above the center of the picture seven columns have been reconstructed on white marble bases, and just beyond them is the southern portico of the "Forum/Garden" area.

The large building in the upper right is the Curia—Roman Senate House.          

Vespasian built the Temple of Peace and this Forum.  It was financed by spoils from the First Jewish Revolt (A.D. 66–70) and was inaugurated in A.D. 75 to commemorate the end of the civil wars that followed the death of Nero.  The "Forum" was actually a garden and the Temple of Peace and associated rooms and Porticos housed works of art, a library, and precious objects from the Temple of the Jew in Jerusalem—probably including the Menorah (or menorahs), Tables, and maybe Incense Altar.  These were on public display!