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Museo dell'Ara Pacis

Lungotevere Augusta, 00186 Rome, Italy
+39 06 0608
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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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Lungotevere Augusta, 00186 Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is probably the best place to go to get a sense of what Rome looked like under Augustus. It's a beautiful and moving structure, small but impressively situated in a modern museum. It's also a great place to learn about Augustus and the early...More

Thank TolinRiedel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is a lovely way for the folks of Rome to have displayed such a single, magnificent find as the Ara Pacis. The new building is bright, light, open and air-conditioned. To have access to view the find up-close and in detail without having...More

1  Thank SyrinxSounds
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Altar of Peace was built during the reign of Augustus - symbolically on the Field of Mars (the place where the Roman army used to maneuver), in the vicinity of the Tiber and Augustus’ mausoleum. A sacrifice tribute to the Pax Augusta was carried...More

Thank Mihaela J
Reviewed 23 May 2017

The altar (Ara Pacis) itself is nothing special, a blob of marble scantily covered in reliefs. However, the temporary exhibitions (tickets sold separately) are very interesting and atmospheric.

Thank gergely666
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Regardless of the extremely important historical value of the altar, it's still expensive to pay 10 Euros only to see this sole monument! With the same amount you can visit another museum in Rome and spend hours and hours admiring history and art! Unless you...More

2  Thank Alex A
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

I would not put this on the "must see" list, since it is a bit pricey and not to everyone's taste. But the building itself is very interesting, and though controversial, I found it to be a nice respite from the rest of Rome. In...More

Thank abcfox
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

I personally enjoyed this museum, as it covers one of the most glorious periods of Roman history. The Ara Pacis Augustae, or the altar of Augustus peace, was found in Campo Marzio several centuries ago, but now it is exhibited in its new home close...More

Thank Milen D
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

We saw an exhibit on slavery in Ancient Rome that was very interesting and moving. The main hall is a small exhibit but beautiful. Nice place to sit in good weather.

Thank Janice A
Reviewed 30 April 2017

This site consists of Augustus' altar of Peace and is a small, beautifully carved and historically significant artifact. That said if you are not interested in Roman history or art the admission price of 10.50 for a relatively short visit is expensive and you will...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 19 April 2017

This is a really fun place to get a sense of 1st century AD Rome. The museum itself is focused on a Augustus's Altar of Peace, but the museum tells the story of how/why it was created. Also, it tends not to be too crowded...More

Thank maw229
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