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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 mausoleum is currently in the process of a restoration with a prospective completion date of April 2019, upon which it will open to the public.
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, faced with travertine on the exterior, and planted with cypresses on the top tier. The whole structure was capped (possibly, as reconstructions are unsure at best) by a conical roof and a huge bronze 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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  • Not a lot to see from outside the fencing, and it doesn't seem to be open. You can see a little more from the museum enclosing the Ara Pacis, but not enough to make it worthwhile.  more »
  • This site is presently closed, but nonetheless I was greatly impressed by this huge funerary structure. The walls seem to be decently preserved and I hope the site will look different after the...  more »
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  • I'm sure this Tomb of Augustus will be amazing once it is open but that doesn't look like any time soon.
  • What you could see was nice. Most of it is closed off to the public. On the boards around it there is a really good write up of Augustus and his legacy but you can’t actually see much of the mausoleum. Just one open window area in the front. If you happen to be walking by it’s worth stopping to look at, but I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to see it.

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