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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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  • It is an unusual Museum in Rome, very attached to the Tiber and the Centre. Stands for modern architecture, its history, its friezes. Ideal for art students. A very short walk and rico... to walk awhile in the afternoon and then meet the churches that are in front surrounded by colourful cafés. I remember that they are called Plaza de Augusto.
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  • Thanks to this initiative, you can visit the Ara Pacis with viewers for augmented reality. It's really a wonderful experience, which allows you to enjoy a reconstruction of the original appearance of the monument in a surprising way. I highly recommend it!
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  • This was certainly the thought of Augustus and the Senate when victorious campaigns in Gaul and Spain, at the first, followed a period of complete pacification in all territories subject to Rome. And then which most propitious cheer than to build a grandiose altar of peace in honor of Augustus? And so in 13 BC was deliberated by the Senate itself, even though they passed four years before it was inaugurated the monument with a solemn ceremony which took place on 30 January 9. The Ara Pacis is made up of a rectangular enclosure place on a podium with two entrances on the sides. The entire surface of the enclosure, divided into two registers, presents an extremely refined decoration in relief; scenes depicted, outside: Lupercal and Aeneas who sacrifices to the household gods, peace or Tellus and the goddess Roma (the long sides). On the short sides, the procession of dedication for the rating of the Ara, here the most important scene shows the imperial family led by Augustus with the covered head. The inner surface depicts motifs (= crowns, bucrania and a series of vertical grooves that were intended to represent the security fence of the ara). Inside the altar real high on three steps while the place of celebration of the sacrifices, the canteen, he attains climbing another five steps, limestone used in all cases was the Parian marble. The altar was decorated with female characters on the base while the upper frieze, both internal and external, with the scene of the annual sacrifice which was celebrated every January 30. The commemorative intent is clear first of all in the structure of the monument, then in the episodes and characters depicted all aimed to the exaltation of Augustus being related to him: for example, Mars, Enea (as son of Venus and ancestor of founders of Rome), Romulus and Remus (then noble origins), Saturnia Tellus (welfare and prosperity), dea Roma (sitting on a pile of arms to represent the end of the conflicts and guarantee of peace). Then the Ara Pacis Augustae fell into oblivion until some blocks were found by chance in the original site in full Campus Martius in 1568, near the Sundial built by Augustus. At the time of this discovery, some blocks were dispersed to other destinations, some unfortunately out of Italy. This was followed by other findings until in 1937 was built in haste the shrine containing the monument next to the mausoleum of Augustus, reconstructing the missing parts with plaster casts or on the basis of the testimony of the sources. In this Hall with large Windows, followed in 2006 the current Richard Meier's building which was not shared by all. Exhibition areas on the lower floor, has been running since March 31 the temporary exhibition <Spartaco. schiavi="" e="" padroni="" a="" roma="">>.</Spartaco.>
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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