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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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  • This is probably the best place to go to get a sense of what Rome looked like under Augustus. It's a beautiful and moving structure, small but impressively situated in a modern museum. It's also a gre...  more »
  • The museum is a lovely way for the folks of Rome to have displayed such a single, magnificent find as the Ara Pacis. The new building is bright, light, open and air-conditioned. To have access to view...  more »
  • The Altar of Peace was built during the reign of Augustus - symbolically on the Field of Mars (the place where the Roman army used to maneuver), in the vicinity of the Tiber and Augustus’ mausoleum. A...  more »
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  • If you only have time to see one museum with something from ancient Rome, then it's here. Manageable. The museum exhibits only one object: a temple built 16-13 before Christ. The temple should make the emperor divine. They competed at that time. A unique experience with a beautiful moden building surrounding it.
  • Gorgeous ancient altar in striking modern building. If you don't go in for a tour, at least make sure to visit at night to see it from the outside, lit up. Beautiful!
  • A beautiful monument that was rediscovered and pieced back together in the early 20th century. Currently there is an evening light show which helps recreate the frieze and how it may have been decorated.
  • The museum is located Ara Pacis, built by August in (9 BC). Altar is a small but interesting, but the ticket is very expensive - over 10 euros. The building where the museum is located is also quite controversial.
  • It is the second biggest ripoff after Palazzo Barberini in Rome. Only a marble block scantily covered in mediocre reliefs. The temporary exhibition was however quite good - but it was temporary... :-)