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Mausoleum of Augustus

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Overview

Title
Mausoleum of Augustus
Author
carol_79
Rating
3.13
Year
29 BC
Cost
Free Admission
Average visit time
30 minutes
Address
Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 00186 Rome RM
Hours of operation
Temporary closed

Description

The Mausoleum of Augustus is the big tomb belonging to Emperor Augustus which began construction in 29 BC. Legend says that during his visit to Alexandria , Augustus visited the tomb of Alexander the Great made in the Hellenistic style, which inspired him to construct his own mausoleum in the same fashion. For centuries the Mausoleum of Augustus has been ravaged by looting and at one point was even turned into a terrace for the cultivation of vines. Mussolini attempted to restore it between 1936 and 1938, but during this period the two obelisks brought from Egypt to decorate the entrance of the mausoleum were ruined; today they are in Piazza del Quirinale and Piazza Esquilino.

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