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Mausoleum of Augustus in Rome, Mausoleo di Augusto, Rome Private Guided tours. Exclusive Personalized Tours in Rome | Best Vip experiences. Tours in Rome

It was built by the Emperor in 28 B.C. as a burial place for himself, all the members of the Claudian-Julian Family, and their familiar servants.

Strabo describes the tomb as a large monument near the river, rising on a gigantic marble substructure, richly decorated, and having over it a “tumulus” planted with evergreen trees. The statue of the Emperor surmounted the whole. Mausoleum of Augustus in Rome.

The entrance faced the South and was decorated by an imposing vestibulum richly ornamented and having an obelisk on each side; these obelisks were found and are now one opposite the Quirinale Palace (Palazzo Quirinale), the other in Esquilino Square (Piazza dell’Esquilino).

The Mausoleum of Augustus in Rome, surrounded a wood, forming charming avenues of trees that contained the so-called Ustrinum, or crematory place; scattered around were inscriptions with the names of members of the imperial family stating that they marked the spot where the bodies were cremated.

In the vestibulum stood probably the famous inscription dictated by the Emperor himself and narrating his deeds; a copy of this inscription was found in the monument of Augustus at Ancyra. Investigations and restorations made in the last few years inside and around the tomb have shown that the latter consisted of a colossal edifice of nearly 300 feet in diameter and probably 150 feet in height. The excavation has also brought to light the original sepulchral chamber, which has recently been reported to the study and admiration of the public.

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At the entrance on the right, a modern inscription may be seen that states: In this Mausoleum, erected by him, was buried Emperor Augustus with his wife Livia, his sister Octavia, his son-in-law Agrippa Domma, Drusus, brother of Tiberius, with his son Germanicus and her sons, and other personages of the Imperial Family.

Inside are several inscriptions, some originals, and copies of the originals, now preserved in different museums.

An inscription on the Tomb of Marcellus and his mother, Octavia, sister of Augustus, may also be seen. The marble tomb in which the cinerary vase of Octavia stood and the base of the statue of Nerva (the last Emperor buried in the mausoleum ) are still preserved. Official Rome Guide, Rome walking city Tours.

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