Museo dell'Ara Pacis, Peace altar

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Museo dell'Ara Pacis, Peace altar

Erected during the reign of Augustus, the Pax Augustea famous monument was the sign of a new golden age for Ancient Rome.

The Ara Pacis was built between the years 13 and 9 BC as a monument to the glory of the emperor. It was commissioned by the Senate to celebrate the end of the civil wars and the return of Roman peace. The marble-built hotel displays relief panels showcasing a procession of Augustus' family, priests, magistrates and senators celebrating the Emperor's victorious return home. You can also admire a few mythological scenes as well as panels depicting newfound peace and prosperity. On a side note, the ruins of the altar were first excavated in the 16th century, but it was the campaigns led in the 19th century that allowed for its reconstruction in 1930. You can gaze at the Ara Pacis today in an ultramodern building designed by architect Richard Meier, who already put his stamp on Barcelona's MACBA and the Getty Center in Los Angeles. The exploration would not be complete without an immersive and multisensory visit that uses both history and technology to animate characters and animals in 3D for an impressive examination of Ancient Rome. An unmissable experience!

Museo dell'Ara Pacis
Lungotevere in Augusta
00186 Roma

+39 06 0608

www.arapacis.it