The House of the Virgin of Vesta, also known as the House of Vestals, is the residence of the Virgin of the Vesta, located on the east side of the Roman Forum. From the Colosseum, walk west along the holy road and pass the Arch of Titus. When approaching the Roman Forum, you can see a ruin on the hillside on the left side of the road. This is the Temple of the Virgin of Vesta. It is a three-story, fifty-room building. Most of the building collapsed, only a vague outline can be seen. The building was destroyed by a fire in Rome in AD 64. Afterwards it was rebuilt several times during the imperial period. In the late 4th century AD, Theodosius I forcibly introduced Christianity, and the House of the Virgin of the Vesta was dissolved and converted into a residence. Abandoned from the 11th to the 12th century.
The House of the Virgin of Vesta is adjacent to the Temple of Vesta and forms a complex. This is a brick-faced concrete building completed in AD 64. It was later rebuilt, but was abandoned by the Christian Emperor Theodosius I. Inside you can now visit the reception room and the courtyard decorated with the most famous Vestas fountain and statues.
It feels like a ruins here. The buildings exposed on the natural slope still retain the towering columns and arched supporting structures. It is said that this time it used to be a huge monastery with more than 50 rooms. Now the traces of history can only be unearthed in the brick walls that sometimes tower on the lawn.
The Virgin of Vesta is the oldest religious organization in Rome and the most amazing place in Rome.