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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 interior of the mausoleum is not open to tourists.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, planted with cypresses on top of the building and capped (possibly, as reconstructions are unsure at best) by a conical roof and a 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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  • Adika walked up there. You cannot see anything, there are huge trees and the whole area seems dirty. Not worth to waste anyone's time.
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  • The mausoleum of Augustus did not have the same luck of his successor Hadrian's mausoleum, then the Castel Sant'Angelo. The monumental tomb of the first emperor of the Roman Empire, and much of his family members was over time transformed into a castle, roof garden, arena, auditorium and then stripped of all superstructures and reduced to ruin called ironically "tooth". After eighty years of neglect the glorious monument hopes to buy some respect with new Archeological excavations and restoration work in progress. At the moment, if you are unable to visit thanks to a fortuitous and rare event, you can only drive around the cage surrounding it and observe the squalor, the deterioration and abandonment that was left. Inside is charming and romantic, with the remains of its walking frames, concentric walls and so many stones and concrete ruins.
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  • The imposing mausoleum of Augustus is located near the Ara Pacis Museum. At the moment it's only visible something outside not covered by scaffolding. The Interior is not open to the public as being restored.
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  • 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.
  • Mausoleum of the first Roman Emperor Augustus. He was chosen at the age of 19 to lead Rome. He is the one who built Rome to its highest peak. He ruled for over 40 years and died of natural causes. He was buried here along with his family. Rome was sacked by the Germanics because of their mistreatment from the Romans. This place was robbed of most of its possessions. Rome was then abandoned for 600 years. Floods came and brought in silt and dirt , which is why the new level of Rome is much higher. Just imagine this place covered in white marble ,with trees on top looking like a crown and bronze on the inside with fires light up.
  • A very important part of the history of Rome, but you can't get close to it unfortunately.
  • Four stars due to its significance, after all, it is the mausoleum of the great Augustus. However the whole area is sealed off, and no entry is possible. Quite difficult to grab good photos as well. I hope someday it will be possible to see the inside.
  • Could only see the exterior. Long running renovations made it impossible to see more.