The 1st of March marks the opening date of the Mausoleum of Augustus in Rome, after the 14-year recovery project.
History of the Mausoleum of Augustus
Built in 28 BC in the northern area of Campo Marzio, the Mausoleum of Augustus in Rome is the largest circular tomb in the ancient world and. The monument is a great example of architecture of Ancient Rome.
It was made up of a cylindrical body covered in travertine blocks, at the center a door opened preceded by a short staircase; while near the entrance there were the bronze tables engraved with the Res Gestae, the emperor’s autobiography. The full text is written on the wall next to the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome. In front of the Mausoleum of Augustus there were two granite obelisks, then relocated respectively to Piazza dell’Esquilino and to Fontana dei Dioscuri in Piazza del Quirinale.
Through a long access corridor, it was possible to reach the circular sepulchral cell, which housed three rectangular niches where the urns were placed: the ashes of Octavia, sister of the emperor and his son Marcellus, while Augustus was probably buried in the room inside the central cylindrical core.
How to visit the Mausoleum of Augustus
The redevelopment project of the Mausoleum of Augustus began in 2007 and ended in December 2020, making it possible to reopen in March 2021. The museum itinerary will allow you to retrace all the historical phases of the Mausoleum also thanks to virtual and augmented reality starting from 21 April 2021. From the 1st of March 1st to the 21st of April the visits to the Mausoleum of Augustus will be free with reservations required.
Finally, the official website allows you to retrace all the life stages of the monument, through interactive photos and videos of the Mausoleum of Augustus.
Where: Piazza Augusto Imperatore
Price: free until April 21; from April 22 € 4 full; € 3 reduced
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