The Mausoleum of Augustus:  Two Thousand Years of History Unveiled with Barbara Antonuzi - Context Travel

The Mausoleum of Augustus: Two Thousand Years of History Unveiled with Barbara Antonuzi


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Closed to the public for more than a decade, the Mausoleum of Augustus will finally reopen on March 1, 2021. Join architect Barbara Antonuzi to explore this two-thousand-year-old monument and its complex history.

Built in 28 BC by Augustus, the first Roman Emperor, this is the largest circular plan tomb in the ancient world. The Mausoleum is one of Augustus’s first building projects in Rome, and he was buried here together with a long line of Roman imperial leaders. After the burial of Emperor Nerva in 98 AD, the tomb was abandoned and seriously damaged during the barbarian invasion of the Goths of Alaric in 409. In the Middle Ages, the statue of Augustus, still standing on top of the mausoleum, was sadly destroyed to make coins and the Colonna family transformed the tomb into a fortress, later conquered by another more powerful family. During the Renaissance, it became a hanging garden that was later adapted into a theatre for tournaments, performances, fireworks, and bullfights until the first half of the nineteenth century when Pope Pius VIII closed it. Temporary turned into a foundry, in 1908 it was used as a concert hall, but it didn’t last: on May 13, 1936, the last concert was performed here. During the fascist dictatorship, the concert hall was dismantled to enhance the Roman ruins. Mussolini’s ambitious urban planning project for a monumental piazza with the Mausoleum in its center has waited until now to be completed, decades in the making.

Led by architect Barbara Antonuzi, a Rome native, this interactive seminar will explore the immense circular mausoleum, still standing after all of its transformations and ready to become a new icon in Rome. Designed to inform curiosity and future travel, participants will come away with a deeper understanding of the complex, multi-layered history of the Eternal City.

Born and raised in Rome, Barbara Antonuzi is an architect and graduate of La Sapienza University of Rome, with a Master’s degree in Restoration of Cultural Heritage from the University Roma Tre and an advanced course on Archeological Restoration from the University of Florence. She has been working for years at the restoration of some of the most important palaces in Rome and she is keen on everything that is beautiful, whether art, gardens, architecture, or archaeology. She is a staff member of the Didactic Service of the Vatican Museums and, as a licensed tour guide in Rome, she is happy and proud to share her knowledge and true love for her extraordinary hometown.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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