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Museo dell'Ara Pacis, Rome
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See a 2,000-year-old altar and learn how it was found, discovered, and excavated at Museo dell'Ara Pacis. Constructed in 13 BCE in honor of Augustus’ return from the provinces of Spain and Gaul, this altar offers a look into past traditions. Walk inside the enclosure to the altar itself, examine the openings in the stonework designed to wash out the blood of the animals sacrificed each year on Augustus’ birthday. Four panels on the enclosure depict military victories and Roman family life. Watch a video providing information on the discovery and reconstruction of the altar, as well as the descriptions of the symbolic carvings on the enclosure. You can also choose to go downstairs to view the art exhibit. A small bookstore and audio guides are available. Plan your Museo dell'Ara Pacis visit and explore what else you can see and do in Rome using our Rome holiday planner.
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  • The Ara Pacis is definitely an impressive structure with an impressive history. It took us quite a while to actually find the museum. The alter and the short video are really the only things to see he...  more »
  • The museum was built from a design by the American architect Richard Meier. It houses the Ara Pacis, an altar to Pax, the Roman god of peace. It was commissioned to honor the return of Augustus to Rom...  more »
  • More than the Ara Pacis, which many already know, I would like to say a few words about the ongoing exhibition on Picasso Images: the works, the artist, the character, divided into three sections, which highlight the different links that the great painter of the 20th century settled with photography. Image selection is also accompanied by some graphic works, sculptures and paintings from the Musée national Picasso in Paris. We must not miss the opportunity to see it. There is time until February 19, 2017!
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  • Nice architecture from Richard Meier. The museum is relatively small, but has regular exhibitions. I would recommend it, because it can be easily included in the sightseeing tours around.
  • Beautiful building by Richard Meier. Fits well in the environement. Old and new are a perfect match. Dispite the criticisme of some purists, it really adds to the values of ancient Rome. Marvelous exhibitions downstairs. I will allways remember the photographs of Henri Cartier Bresson here.
  • Not what we were expecting... But it's well air-conditioned and had a really good photography exhibition (temporary) of Domon Ken - a Japanese Realist photographer. The permanent exhibition itself... well you can see most of it through the glass windows outside so... What's inside is part original part restored - the percentage of which is questionable!
  • The Ara Pacis is a must see for anyone with the slightest interest in Ancient Roman History. It's an extremely well preserved alter created by Caesar Augustus in the 1st century AD. The Alter of Peace was made to consecrate the era of peace that Augustus hoped he was ushering in after decades of civil war in Rome. The Alter itself is housed in a well designed modern museum not far from the Vatican in Rome. There are some great exhibits to explain the alter so you understand its significance. You can see the whole alter and even step inside to appreciate all the details of it's art. This site is under appreciated and overlooked so you won't have to deal with large crowds either.
  • Ara Pacis means: Altar of Peace. Its meaning is in itself a masterpiece. It is also interesting the museum building, designed by the architect Richard Meier