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Museo dell'Ara Pacis

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Address: Lungotevere Augusta, 00186 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 0608
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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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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... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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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Without question, this was one of the high spots of our recent trip. It helped that I have some knowledge of the history surrounding this magnificent monument but there is plenty of scope to get a feel for the significance by using the materials available at the museum. The negative comments posted by others reflect (I venture) the reluctance some... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum protects the Ara Pacis of the Emperor Augustus. It also houses temporary exhibits. This trip I saw the Picasso exhibit. You can buy a ticket for either or both exhibits. The signage is in English and Italian. You must walk outside and up or down stairs to go from one exhibit to the other.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Ara Pacis is definitely an impressive structure with an impressive history. It took us quite a while to actually find the museum. The alter and the short video are really the only things to see here. We paid 38 euros for four of us - seemed excessive for such a limited exhibit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum was built from a design by the American architect Richard Meier. It houses the Ara Pacis, an altar to Pax, the Roman god of peace. It was commissioned to honor the return of Augustus to Rome by the Roman Senate on July 4, 13 BC. If you are in the area, it is worth a visit. I am... More 

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If you're wondering about value for money, I'd say a lot of people would feel their 10 euro hasn't gone very far (17 if you also go to the special exhibit). However, I enjoyed it. It's informative, the video at the start is useful and the models give you a good idea of what's happening, particularly the one showing the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This was our first visit to this museum and well worth the visit. The Ara Pacis takes us the whole main floor and it is in excellent condition due to all the restoration and climate controlled building, which itself is a big deal. We also visited a Japanese photography exhibit on the ground floor that was very interesting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

The Ara Pacis is an interesting monument to visit and there is a short film which explains a bit more about it and the times it was built. However, unless there is a side exhibition in the other gallery it isn't somewhere that you would say is a must see. Right now there is a special viewing in the evening... More 

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