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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 which were built between 272 and 279 A. D. by the emperor Aurelianus. These sturdy walls 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. The restoration of the frescoes in the funerary chamber was carried out in 2000 by A.T.I.: L.Cibrario, P. Cinti, G. De Monte, F. Jatta, A. Luzi, A. M. Molè, and C. Vazio. Since the restoration, an internal monitoring of microclimate and of state of preservation of the paintings is now ongoing, see section “Maintenance”.
(Photo by M.Coen)
Pyramid of Caius Cestius - Rome

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