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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Forming the centre of a fascistic styled square, the Mausoleum of Augustus still stands above all else. It is not the size which is imposing, but the thought of touching, seeing and experiencing early...  more »
  • July 24, 2017
    Impressive funeral monument built by the Emperor Augustus in 28 BC, to serve as a tomb for himself. It is still visible, though quite damaged.
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  • July 9, 2017
    You can stand and look at this building from outside as at present it is undergoing renovation. This is the original burial spot for the emporer Augustus so glad we saw it after seeing it on the map a...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Place is under "renovation". Cannot see anything inside or come close. Has great historic significance, but needs a lot of work.
  • You can't go in here (it's shut off from the public), and it looks like a jungle of overgrown plants and scaffoldings. Can't see the actual mausoleum.
  • Should be a major site not a fenced off overgrown ruin.
  • 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.

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