For fourteen years, the monument had disappeared from Rome, its place transformed into a no man's land, between wild parking and the terminus of bus lines, which everyone took care to avoid: while the mausoleum of the Emperor Augustus, hidden by palisades since 2007, reopened to the public on March 1, for the Romans it is nothing less than a discovery.
Its historical importance has eluded them for so long that guides hardly devote more than a few lines to it.
He has disappeared from their imagination.
It is however one of the oldest monuments of the imperial city, older than the Colosseum, with multiple lives and functions in two thousand years.
Reservations for tours were barely open in early January when the Romans rushed in.
Today, all visits, admittedly limited due to the epidemic, are reserved until the end of June.
Not having been Christianized, this monument is poorly preserved and has been the subject for 1,500 years of all the recycling, more or less fortunate, of history.
Octavian, who would become Augustus in 27 BC, was barely 30 years old when he chose to be
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