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Ara Pacis Augustae (Altar of Augustan Peace)

  • Lungotevere in Augusta Map It
  • Piazza di Spagna
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins
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  • Ara Pacis Augustae, Rome, Italy

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Published 04/23/2016

Fodor's Review

This vibrant monument of the imperial age is housed in one of Rome's newest architectural landmarks: a gleaming, rectangular glass-and-travertine structure designed by American architect Richard Meier. Overlooking the Tiber on one side and the ruins of the marble-clad Mausoleo di Augusto (Mausoleum of Augustus) on the other, the result is a serene, luminous oasis right in the center of Rome. Opened in 2006, after a decade of bitter controversy over the rebuilding of the monument's showcase, the altar itself dates back to 13 BC; it was commissioned to celebrate the Pax Romana, the era of peace ushered in by Augustus's military victories. Like all ancient Roman monuments of this kind, you have to imagine its spectacular and moving relief sculptures painted in vibrant colors, now long gone. The reliefs on the short sides portray myths associated with Rome's founding and glory; the long sides display a procession of the imperial family. It's fun to try to play "who's who"—although half

of his body is missing, Augustus is identifiable as the first full figure at the procession's head on the south-side frieze—but academics still argue over exact identifications. The small museum has a model and useful information about the Ara Pacis's original location and the surrounding Augustan monuments.

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Sight Information

Address:

Lungotevere in Augusta, Rome, Latium, 00186, Italy

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Phone:

06-0608

Website: www.arapacis.it

Sight Details:

  • €10.50
  • Daily 9:30–7:30 (last admission 1 hr before closing)

Published 04/23/2016

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