Forgotten mausoleum of Roman emperor Augustus reborn

A newly renovated colossal mausoleum for the founder of the Roman empire Augustus has reopened to the public in the Italian capital after centuries of neglect. “Until now we have always known it as a ruin, but it is one of the most important monuments of antiquity,” explained Alessia, a masked guide taking a small group of visitors on the labyrinthine route through five concentric enclosures. “It was so majestic, they had never seen anything like this in Rome.” The mausoleum was built on the banks of the River Tiber between 28 and 23 BC. It is a vast, towering monument to Augustus, the great-n…

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