23 Jan 2020
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, Art

Roman holiday.

After 2,000 years of twists and turns, abuse and abandonment, the Mausoleum of Roman Emperor Gaius Octavius Augustus has finally been restored and opens to the public this year.

Rome’s greatest emperor built the grandiose tomb for himself and the imperial family after he visited the tomb of Alexander the Great in Egypt. Work began in 30 B.C. Abandoned and sacked during the Middle Ages, the mausoleum then underwent several transformations. It became a fortress for the powerful Colonna family, then an amphitheater, a theater, a concert hall, even a circus. In the 1930s, it was restored but abandoned once again.

Today, the immense conical mausoleum stands among other worthwhile sites. Among them is the stunning Ara Pacis Museum, built to honor Augustus’s many victorious campaigns. It was designed by starchitect Richard Meier and it houses the Ara Pacis of Augustus, a monument built in 9 B.C. Also close by is the Basilica of Santi Ambrogio e Carlo, built in 1612 on the remains of a 10th-century religious structure. Despite its simple exterior, the basilica has a richly ornamented interior.

For information about a journey to Italy, contact Mariana Tosic at mtosic@rcrusoe.com or call 888-490-8008.

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