Museo/Museum dell'Ara Pacis (Ara Pacis Augustae), Rome

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Museo/Museum dell'Ara Pacis (Ara Pacis Augustae), Rome

This religious monument was erected in 13-9 b.C. to celebrate the peace established in the Roman empire by Augustus. Originally it was located on the site of present Palazzo Fiano. The altar was partly excavated beneath the palace in 1568 and in the 19th century, and its fragments went to different collections and museums of Europe. The basement and last pieces of Ara Pacis were extracted in 1937-1938 thanks to a new technique of ground freezing, which permitted to excavate under a palace without bringing any damage to it. The altar was recomposed of numerous pieces close to Mausoleum of Augustus. For this aim the area was cleaned from houses.

A big relief belonging to the monument and located in Vatican Museums was granted by Pius XII for the reconstruction of altar. It was surrounded by glass container and unveiled on September 23, 1938.

Ara Pacis Augustae
Ara Pacis Augustae

The monument itself consists of marble enclosure decorated with the finest sculptures, which covers the altar. The enclosure is circa 10mx11m is composed of a simple base, two horizontal bands with the leaves, on which are swans with outstretched wings, and a frieze with the figures. Its height is 4,80 meters. The sculptured panels represent a procession of the members of the imperial family with Augustus in the head of it, State officials, and priests. Close to the south entrance were represented the Magna Mater and Dea Roma with the other divinities. On the sides of the north entrance are scenes illustrating origins of Rome Lupercalia and Aeneas sacrificing the white sow.

The altar is an exact reconstruction of all recovered fragments.

Museo/Museum dell'Ara Pacis (Ara Pacis Augustae)
Lungotevere in Augusta (angolo via Tomacelli),
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Campo Marzio (P.Spagna-P.Popolo-Pincio) (Roma centro)
Museo/Museum dell'Ara Pacis (Ara Pacis Augustae) is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "16"
Tuesday-Sunday: 9.00 am - 7.00 pm (last admission 1 hour before closing time),
Closed: Monday, January 1, May 1, December 25
December 24 and 31: 9.00 am - 2.00 pm
Telephone: 0039 060608, 0039 06 42888888 (Telephone reservation)
Email: , (for events)
Web site:
Online Ticket Purchase:

You can reach Lungotevere in Augusta (angolo via Tomacelli) By the following Bus Station:
(Know before you go: Rome Bus stops, Bus Lines, Signs, Color, etc.)
224 (l.go sperlonga)
628 (baronio)
81 (malatesta)
913 ( monte mario)
913F (holydays), gattorno rosa/paladini
913FL (holydays limited), monte mario

590, cinecitta
C3 (temporary ), tiburtina

926, cavour

n25, venezia/campidoglio
n6, venezia

Closest Railway stations near Lungotevere in Augusta (angolo via Tomacelli):
STAZIONE FLAMINIO, Di Villa Ruffo (via), 1 686 mt. away
STAZIONE TERMINI, Dei Cinquecento (piazza), 1 890 mt. away.
ROMAVITERBO EUCLIDE, Filippo Civinini (via) 973 mt. away.
STAZIONE SAN PIETRO, Della Stazione Di San Pietro (piazza), 1 1.1 km away
ROMAPANTANO TERMINI LAZIALI, Giovanni Giolitti (via), 64 1.2 km away

Closest Tourist Information Points near Lungotevere in Augusta (angolo via Tomacelli):
Fontana di Trevi, Via Minghetti 262 mt. away
Navona, Piazza delle Cinque Lune 349 mt. away
Castel Sant'Angelo, Piazza Pia 515 mt. away
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Via Nazionale 194 640 mt. away
Visitor Center Fori Imperiali, Via dei Fori Imperiali 641 mt. away

Getting To Museo/Museum dell'Ara Pacis (Ara Pacis Augustae) From Mausoleo di Augusto (Mausoleum of Augustus):

Departure from roma piazza augusto imperatore , 1
walk 100 meters
to roma Lungotevere in Augusta (angolo via Tomacelli)
distance covered (metres) 100 meters

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