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Museo dell'Ara Pacis

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Address: Lungotevere Augusta, 00186 Rome, Italy
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+39 06 0608
09:30 - 18:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 18:30

The ceremonial dedication of the Altar of Peace, took place on the 30th...

The ceremonial dedication of the Altar of Peace, took place on the 30th January in the year 9 B.C. It seems, according to the evidence provided by the historian Cassius Dione (LIV, 25.3), that at first the Senate had planned to build an altar within their own building, the Curia, but the idea was not followed through and the northernmost part of the Field of Mars, which had recently been urbanized, was chosen instead. The altar dedicated to peace came, therefore, and not by chance, to be built in the middle of a vast plain, on which, traditionally, the man oeuvres of the infantry and the cavalry took place, and, in more recent times, the gymnastic exercises of the Roman youth.

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Surrounded by Modern and Fascist buildings this monument to the legacy of Augustus seems overpowered by its neighbours. The entrance fee of Euro 10.50 indicated a far larger... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent about 45 minutes in the gallery with this beautiful object and the associated artefacts and explanations. It wasn't busy and there was time and space to look and ponder this ancient work of art.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Surrounded by Modern and Fascist buildings this monument to the legacy of Augustus seems overpowered by its neighbours. The entrance fee of Euro 10.50 indicated a far larger museum, after all the National Roman museum costs less. However it is very small. The Ara itself is beautifully white, though it was brightly painted when the romans built it. The carved... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We expected to see many things from Ancient Romebut there is just the Altar in the picture. They also have a video after yıu see the Altar. But I would suggest you not to waste your money and time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Being a little out of the way meant we had the whole museum to ourselves, which was a relief after the packed sights during the rest of our visit. It’s nice to be able to focus on one monument and have the time and space really admire it for all its beauty - the stunning modern building housing it is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

We loved the reconstruction of a classic temple. We loved the forum, but equally loved the opportunity to get a real feel for what Rome must have looked like at the time of the Romans.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Good little museum. A little pricy but worth a quick stop. There isn't a huge quantity to see but what is there is immaculately curated.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

The pavilion over the ancient Ara Pacis alter was designed by the American architect Richard Meier. It is a great representation of his ability to design cleanly and beautifully. His ability to play with the light and to design a building that clearly houses an ancient relic, while maintaining a transparency to the walls that keeps you aware that you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Ara Pacis Dedicated to the goddess Pax (Peace), and meant to honor Augustus' triumphant return from war in 9 BC, this giant altar was lost over time to the silt in the Tiber. It was rediscovered and reassembled in various stages. Its elaborate relief details and friezes make interesting viewing. The renovated modern building is an impressive work of modern... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

I believe this to be one of the more important sights to see while in Rome. The Ara Pacis provides perspective to what an altar actually was/is. It's huge! And ornately designed with reliefs on all sides. Although it is not 100% restored what is there is impressive. The museum also provides a map as to its original location in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

If you are interested in history of exploring Ancient Roma that is the place to visit. The fact is - antic culture was completely lost there in Dark ages and it was a big deal to re-discover it later.

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