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Mausoleum of Augustus

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Piazza Augusto Imperatore
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Not accessible, but always visible on the outside.

Returning victorious from the military campaign in Egypt, in 28 BC Octavian Augustus began the construction of the mausoleum in the northern part of the Campus Martius, which had not yet been urbanised and where the graves of a number of famous men had once been.
The Greek historian Strabo describes the monument as “a large mound by the river on a high base of white stone, covered up to the top in evergreen trees; on the summit is the bronze statue of Augustus and under the mound are the graves of him and his relatives; behind there is a large wood with wonderful promenades”. The Mausoleum with its diameter of 300 Roman feet (about 87 m) is the largest known circular tomb. Placed near the entrance, perhaps on pillars, were bronze tablets engraved with the Res Gestae, the autobiography of the emperor, the text of which is transcribed on the wall of the nearby Museum of Ara Pacis.
In front there were two granite obelisks, both of which were later recycled, one in Piazza Esquilino, behind Santa Maria Maggiore (1587) and the other in the fountain of the Dioscuri in Piazza del Quirinale (1783).

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How to get the step: Mausoleum of Augustus

Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 22-36, 00186 Roma, Italy

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