Museum of the Ara Pacis

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The Museum of the Ara Pacis (Museo dell'Ara Pacis Augustae) is a relatively small museum built dedicatedly for the ancient Roman monument "Altar of Augustan Peace" constructed by emperor Augustus. It is situated close to the Mausoleum of emperor Augustus, as a tribute to the rich cultural heritage of the Roman Empire.

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Named after the Ara Pacis Augustae, the grand altar of peace commissioned by Emperor Augustus in 13 BCE, this museum serves as a sanctuary of history, art, and architectural brilliance. With its remarkable collection and innovative design, the Museum of Ara Pacis offers visitors a unique journey through time, showcasing the convergence of ancient history and modern cultural preservation.

The museum was designed by the renowned architect Richard Meier and inaugurated in 2006. The building's luminous translucent marble and glass fa├žade welcomes natural light and creates a symbiotic relationship with its surroundings. The museum's open and inviting space sets the stage for the Ara Pacis to shine as the central focal point.


Notable Exhibitions


Reconstruction of Ara Pacis Augustae
At the heart of the Museum of Ara Pacis lies the original Ara Pacis Augustae, an ancient architectural masterpiece of Roman art and excellent craftsmanship. The ornate ancient marble altar, dedicated to the Roman goddess Pax (peace), is carved with intricate reliefs depicting scenes of personification of Rome, Augustan prosperity and the divine origin of the Julian family. The altar serves as a visual narrative of Augustus' accomplishments and the peace he brought to the empire after years of turmoil.e


Modern Replica of Res Gestae Divi Augusti
The Res Gestae Divi Augusti (The Deeds of the Divine Augustus), is a monumental inscription composed by the first Roman emperor, Augustus, giving a first-person record of his life and accomplishments. The most complete copy of Res Gestae Divi Augusti that has survived to the present day was discovered in modern Turkey.

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