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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 was erected by Augustus in 9 b.c. to celebrate the victories in Spain and Gaul. The pads are an important document of the Roman art of the 1st century BC. Today are enclosed by a box made of glass that protects it and allows the vision from outside. Better stop
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  • Passed by accident in a car and stuck in front of the wonder of Domus ... Luckily there was open at night with a guide in 3D and reconstruction due to it being the monument originally. Very friendly staff, we were with my beloved dog Gabriel and were allowed to enter with him (3 kg) in the Bourse. Experience to do
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  • The idea is great, but while virtual tours offered to the holes are from 10 and praise, there is quite a lot to improve: 1) the Visual quality of video glasses, just decent. I would say that with the technology that exists today at hand you can do much better; 2) you have to hold your glasses with your hands, are equipped with a tourniquet, but is too long and is not suitable for building up on the nape. So hold your glasses for a long time, most of them standing, it gets annoying and tiring; 3) interesting descriptions, but already there were could insert some further information. The speech will last barely 30 minutes. I mean, you could do much better. For those who do not saw them I would say forget it and look first at the holes.
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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