Pyramid of Caius Cestius - Rome

The pyramid of Caius Cestius is the only surviving example so far of a series of Egyptian-style monuments built in Rome during the I century B.C. Contrary to the fate of other similar mausoleums which were completely destroyed, the Pyramid of Cestius survived because it was incorporated into the Aurelian Walls. These sturdy walls, which were built between 272 and 279 A. D. by the emperor Aurelianus, still stand today. The construction of the pyramid dates back to 18-12 B. C., the interior wall frescoes of the funerary chamber date back to the same era. Since the restoration (see Section “Wall Paintings”), an internal monitoring of microclimate has been carried out in the cella. This ongoing environmental monitoring comprises mapping the phenomena of degradation and collating technical data sheets.
(Photograph M. Coen)
Pyramid of Caius Cestius - Rome

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