Chapel of Serapis

Chapel of Serapis, built by Hadrian in the court of Nectanebo I. Built using burnt brick and was dedicated to the god Serapis, is the only one remaining of all Roman structures.


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circa 100 CE

Serapeum was a Peripteros-temple, meaning that it was surrounded by a portico, unlike most Roman sanctuaries of Sarapis and Isis, which are prostyle, with columns in front.

circa 100 CE

The only remaining statue, it was one the several statues that were placed on a brick bench, originally almost a meter high, in the back of the inner sanctuary cellar.

circa 100 CE

The small chapel in the northwest corner built by Hadrian and dedicated to Sarapis early in the second century CE and was reconstructed by Gaius Julius Antoninus, a former soldier and neokoro (temple attendant) of Serapis. Dedicated to Hadrian on his birthday in 126 CE, the chapel was recently restored.

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