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Rome’s tomb of emperors to be restored in £5 million project

Created: 10/05/2017

The final resting place of Rome’s emperors is to be restored in a multi-million pound project. 

Mausoleum of Augustus

The Mausoleum of Augustus, an immense stone building on the banks of the River Tiber, once served as the tomb of many of Rome’s emperors. Emperor Augustus – the first Roman emperor – had the structure built 2,000 years ago.

His cremated remains were later placed there along with other infamous emperors such as Tiberius, Claudius, Vespasian, and Caligula.

This bulky structure once consisted of a 140ft high circular chamber covered by a roof topped with pillars and statues before falling into disrepair. The roof, statues, and pillars are now gone, however what is left is still quite impressive.

These days the building is covered in dust, overgrown with vegetation, cluttered with broken marble inscriptions, and scattered masonry.

However, if all goes according to plan, Telecom Italia – an Italian telecommunications company – will see the ancient building restored and then opened up to the public.

Telecom Italia are forking out six million euros (£5 million) for the project which is set to be completed by April 2019. This ambitious restoration could include the rebuilding of the mausoleum’s roof.

Scaffolding is already in place around the structure, and we know that once open to the public, the history of Rome will be told via a multi-media presentation, and that new walkways and lighting will be installed for visitors. 

Rome’s mayor, Virginia Raggi, has said, “We’re going to bring back to life one of the great masterpieces of ancient Rome, which has lain abandoned in the middle of the city for years,”

And while this extravagant type of restoration might beyond the modest plans of homeowners around the UK – even with the help of your local handyman service – it’s great to see a city take pride in its cultural heritage.

Rome is full of many awe inspiring and history rich sites, many of which have also seen recent restorations in a concerted effort to restore much of Italy’s fascinating past.

The luxury shoe company Tod’s funded the cleaning of the famed Colosseum, and Fendi financed the restoration of the iconic Trevi fountain.

 

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