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Temple of Vesta, Tivoli

Okay kiddo, let's talk about the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli!

Imagine a really old building that's been around for thousands of years. This is what the Temple of Vesta is like. It's located in a town called Tivoli in Italy, and it was built by the ancient Romans a long long time ago.

The Temple of Vesta is a special building because it was used for religious ceremonies. You know how you might go to church or temple with your family? Romans used to do the same thing, and the Temple of Vesta was one of those places.

The temple was dedicated to the goddess Vesta, who was the goddess of the hearth and home. She was very important to the people of Ancient Rome because she represented the fire that kept their homes warm and their food cooking.

The people who were in charge of taking care of the temple were called Vestal Virgins. They were women who had to promise to stay chaste (which means they couldn't get married or have babies) for 30 years while they worked in the temple. Their job was to keep the sacred fire burning in the temple, which was believed to protect Rome from harm.

Nowadays, the Temple of Vesta is still standing, but it doesn't have an active religious purpose anymore. People can visit the temple and learn about its history, and it's even a UNESCO World Heritage site, which means it's been recognized as a special place that needs to be protected for everyone to enjoy.