The Temple of Vesta by squirm, 2006. Via Flickr:
“and yet the lights burn!”
Until the reign of the Emperor Augustus, Vesta was not depicted in a cult statue at her temple in Rome. Instead, the perpetual flame tended by the Vestals represented the goddess.
Throughout the Vestalia festival, married women were permitted to enter barefoot inside the the temple of Vesta, to offer bread and prayers to the goddess.