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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.DescriptionThe 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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  • This is still closed down and being restored, so as others have mentioned, you can just catch a place or two thru the fences. If you work your way all the way around, there is one pretty good view of ...  more »
  • The name itself evokes Splendors; and beautiful had to be, immense, imposing, embellished with marbles. Is the sepulchre of the Emperor Augustus, which over the centuries has been looted, modified, left in disrepair. The tricky restoration with recovery is still going on and who knows when it will return the monument to visitors.
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  • Mausoleo di Augusto is full of history about a great personality. This is the "final resting place" of the man who changed the course of history in so many ways. Visiting it would be a wonderful exper...  more »
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  • I very much wanted to go there but when I finally did, I found out that the mausoleum was closed for maintenance. I guess they're going to bring out all its beauty and show it to the world. Next time I go to Rome I'll come back here to see it. I am sure the wait will be worth it.
  • Now closed for the restoration works. The site looks so huge, so I cannot imagine how they can finish on time. Anyway it is a pleasure to walk around and feel the history. There are two museums next to it. When walking around is possible to look at the mausoleum from outside, and even to make some photos. Look at the mine attached photos.
  • It will be incredible!!! Although currently under the restoration process, it will be opened soon. When I was there, it was closed, but I guess it'll just act as an excuse to go back to Italy again! (I definitely need to see it, as Augustus Caesar is my idle and alter-ego) I would suggest going, but wait until the restoration process is done.
  • It is a pity that is is such a ruin. Not respectful for the emperor. However there are detailed plans for renovation and I hope to see them realized in my lifetime. But knowing this is Italy I have my doubts about it. Now is april 2018 and they really have started working on the reconstruction. Heep heep hooray.
  • The mausoleum is currently in the process of a restoration with a completion date in the spring 2019. At that time it will open to the public. We are looking forward for walking around in this more than 2000 years old building. Until then we can enjoy the very green lit up trees in the evenings 😊
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