A pyramid in the center of Rome! This is what awaits you if you find yourself strolling in the Ostiense area, a stone's throw from Porta San Paolo
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Pyramid of Caius Cestius Wheelchair Accessible Tours
Among the oldest but perhaps least known monuments of Rome, the Pyramid of Caius Cestius is almost 40 meters high and was built in the I century BC to house the tomb of the praetor Caio Cestio Epulone.
There are some aspects that make the Pyramid of Caius Cestius peculiar such as the more slender shape compared to the typical Egyptian ones, and the fact that it was finished in just 330 days.
This is due to a testamentary order of Caius Cestius Epulone himself who obliged his next of kin to carry it out within that period of time, on pain of losing the considerable inheritance.
The need to finish the work in time was such that the construction of the pyramid ended a few days early.
Touring Pyramid of Caius Cestius
Unusual compared to the classic Roman panoramas, the Pyramid of Caius Cestius is the only example of an oriental-inspired mausoleum still visible in Rome.
The burial chamber located inside is frescoed with female figures alternating with vases, while figures of priestesses and four Nikes are depicted on the barrel vault.
Originally the Pyramid of Caius Cestius was incorporated in an enclosure of tufa blocks with four columns placed at the four corners.
Only two of these are still visible today.
Unlike the classic Egyptian tombs, no luxury goods were found inside the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, this is because during the years of its construction, the Emperor Augustus had promulgated a law forbidding the ostentation of luxury.
Furthermore, this law prevented the conservation of very precious gold thread tapestries owned by Caius Cestius.
The tapestries, in fact, not being able to be placed in the tomb, were sold by Cestius family and the proceeds used for two gilded bronze statues placed at the entrance to the Pyramid.
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