The UC Center Rome had the opportunity to tour the Nobile Collegio Chimico Farmaceutico (Noble College of Chemistry and Pharmaceuticals), located inside the Ancient Roman Forum. The Nobile Collegio is within The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina which was originally built by the Senate in 141 AD. Pope Martin V founded the college in 1429 and it has existed ever since. The tour began inside the The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina which is not open to the public. We were told the story of the paintings in each chapel done by renowned artists, such as The Madonna with St. Philip and James (above) by the Baroque painter Domenichino. The back of the church has huge doors that open up to the ground floor of the Forum. It was a beautiful viewpoint through the temple’s ancient columns. I’ve seen this building before when I toured the Forum but I never expected I’d be able to go inside it.
Then we walked down to the basement of the temple where the was a showroom of old artifacts from the Nobile Collegio. There were old beakers and loads of toxic chemicals and even an Ancient Chinese elixirs. Most of the artifacts looked like medieval potions for witchcraft and wizardry.