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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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  • 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 😊
  • It looks like they are fixing it up I think to open to the public at some point. Kind of a shame that they let it go but I guess in Rome there is so much to protect and restore. Still for the first emperor I would have expected more. The site is currently surrounded by the history of the place which is interesting and looks to be under restoration.
  • The mausoleum of Augustus is underconstruction. That's fine because I did not come to see it.
  • Being renovated for quite some time, its a pity, I would have loved to go inside and see all that was originally planted to be here. The ashes and remains of many emperors and families. This historical place deserves a better destiny. Hopefully very soon will be reopened.
  • VERY VERY OLD! lots of history. It was fenced off and we were not able to go inside.

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