Antiquities and Archaeology
Augustus to rise again in Rome
The Roman emperor’s ruined mausoleum will be restored and reopened to the public
By Ermanno Rivetti. Web only
Published online: 19 August 2014
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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