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Augustus to rise again in Rome

The Roman emperor’s ruined mausoleum will be restored and reopened to the public

Augustus's mausoleum lies in ruins near the banks of the River Tiber

A €12m grant from the Italian government and the City of Rome is being used to restore and to open the mausoleum of Augustus (63BC-AD14), which lies in ruins near the banks of the River Tiber. The project is part of the city’s plan to mark the 2,000th anniversary of the Roman emperor’s death on 19 August.

The restoration will be carried out in three phases. The first, which will cost just over €6m, consists of restoring and preserving the existing structure and waterproofing the rooms. “We aren’t adding anything new to the structure; we just want to make it accessible,” says Sebastiano La Manna, the architect in charge of the project.

The second phase will include the installation of climate-control and electrical systems, plus a lift to make access easier for visitors. The final phase will focus on developing displays within the mausoleum’s rooms that trace its history, from its creation in 28BC and its transformation into a castle during the Middle Ages to its ideological use in the Fascist era, when Mussolini attempted to connect his rule to that of the Roman emperors. The project is due to be completed by 2016.

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29 Aug 14
15:6 CET

STEVEN SIM, GLASGOW

Mr Flores, thankfully the structure is not being "rebuilt" - though given that a "restoration" always means destruction, conservation experts (and, I would hope, "history buffs") should be very concerned on reading these plans for the mausoleum.

19 Aug 14
21:29 CET

MILO FLORES, ST.CHARLES,IL 60174

Its amazing the structure is still solid enough to rebuild! A great boost for tourism and history buffs. Revenues would be a definite boost to economy!

19 Aug 14
21:29 CET

LESY CORSIGLIA, BUENOS AIRES

bene!! complimenti!!

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