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Pyramid of Caio Cestio
This pyramid was built the years 18 and 12 BC as a sepulchre for Caio Cestio, a magistrate, representative of the plebeians and member of the College of Septemviri Epulones.
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Taking inspiration from the Egyptian pyramids, quite fashionable in Rome during the Augustan age, that of Caio Cestio is the only surviving example of Roman pyramids. The pyramid itself is enclosed in the Aurelian Walls. On one face of the pyramid is an inscription which states that it took 330 days to complete the construction.
Measuring some 36 metres in height, 29.6 in width, its current size seems smaller because of the raising of the road on which it stands. The structure is clad in marble from Carrara and, thanks to recent restoration work, the interior can now be visited and where one can see the refined frescoes painted onto white backgrounds.
Piazzale Ostiense, Rome
Open for guided tours only. 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 10.30am: access after visiting Museo della Via Ostiense. Reservation required at (+39) 06 5743193 (Museo della Via Ostiense-SSBAR). Individual guided tours: 2nd and 4th Saturday and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month at 11 am (language: Italian); max 20 people; duration: 1 hour. Guided tours for groups: 2nd and 4th Saturday and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month at 10 am and 12 pm (languages: English, Italian, French, German, Spanish - persons: max 20 pax - duration: 1 hour - price: visit € 130.00 - reservation: required).
Ticket and admission presale: individuals: 2 euro; groups (reservation required): 40 euro (up to 20 people).
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