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Mausoleo di Augusto, Rome

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The Mausoleum of Augustus is a large tomb built by the Roman Emperor Augustus in 28 BC on the Campus Martius in Rome, Italy. The mausoleum is located on the Piazza Augusto Imperatore, near the corner with Via di Ripetta as it runs along the Tiber. The grounds cover an area equivalent to a few city blocks, and nestle between the church of San Carlo al Corso and the Museum of the Ara Pacis. The mausoleum is currently in the process of a restoration with a prospective completion date of April 2019, upon which it will open to the public.
The mausoleum was one of the first projects initiated by Augustus in the City of Rome following his victory at the Battle of Actium in 31 BC. The mausoleum was circular in plan, consisting of several concentric rings of earth and brick, faced with travertine on the exterior, and planted with cypresses on the top tier. The whole structure was capped (possibly, as reconstructions are unsure at best) by a conical roof and a huge bronze statue of Augustus. Vaults held up the roof and opened up the burial spaces below. Twin pink granite obelisks flanked the arched entryway; these have been removed; one now stands at the Piazza dell'Esquilino (on the northwest side of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore) and the other at the Quirinal fountain. The completed mausoleum measured 90 m (295 ft) in diameter by 42 m (137 ft) in height.
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  • Sadly this site is not open and it is difficult to tell from the level of construction work underway exactly when it will be. But you can get a good view from the Ara Pacis Museum next door. If you wa...  more »
  • The mausoleum was founded by Emperor Gai Julius Caesar Octavian in 28 BC on his return from Alexandria, the conquest of Egypt and the victory of Mark Antony at the Battle of Aquim in 31 BC, which ended the period of civil wars in Rome. The mausoleum, of course, is built as a tomb for the emperor and his loved ones. For twenty-odd centuries the mausoleum, for obvious reasons, was somewhat worn and now, fenced, is in restoration ... The restoration can be traced to the Fondazione TIM website, according to which restoration work has been carried out by 52%...
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  • A historic tourist attraction of which there is little information. I attended the place and it is still under renovation. For its part the cultural center in front does not open on Mondays so it was 0/2 options. For the prox it will be
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  • I'm sure this Tomb of Augustus will be amazing once it is open but that doesn't look like any time soon.
  • What you could see was nice. Most of it is closed off to the public. On the boards around it there is a really good write up of Augustus and his legacy but you can’t actually see much of the mausoleum. Just one open window area in the front. If you happen to be walking by it’s worth stopping to look at, but I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to see it.
  • Another historical stop and paid homage to Augustus who was the guy to organise Rome into legions ect
  • Didn't get to see it. It was closed off. Would like to have seen this.
  • REALLY excited to see how the results of the renovation. 3 stars while its closed.
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