Last Resting Place of Rome’s First Emperor Restored After 1800 Years

Last Resting Place of Rome’s First Emperor Restored After 1800 Years

Written by Ian Cross, edited by Kaz Bosali

The Roman Empire’s first Emperor, Augustus, built his mausoleum when he was only 34 years old, but it was another 40 years before he was laid to rest there.

Caesar’s adopted son and heir left many great monuments in the Eternal City and beyond, but his gigantic cylindrical mausoleum was sacked by the Visigoths in 410, fell into ruin and by the end of the 10th century was little more than an earthen mound overgrown with trees.

Declared an archaeological site by Mussolini, it has now only just been restored after a 12 year project costing more than 12 million Euros.

For further details and tickets visit mausoleodiaugusto.it

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