Rome Attractions Pyramid of Cestius

Posted 24.04.15 by Leigh

Address: Pyramid of Cestius, Via Raffaele Persichetti, 00153 Rome, Italy.

Rome, the capital of Italy, is of course steeped in history with Ancient Roman architect and ruins scattered throughout the Eternal City. However, slightly to the south of the historic centre, near the Testaccio district, is an Ancient Egyptian style pyramid. The pyramid dates back to 12 B.C. and was built as a tomb for Gaius Cestius; a magistrate of Ancient Rome and a member of one of its most important religious institutions, Septemviri Epulonum. The pyramid, called the Pyramid of Cestius, lies at the crossroads of two ancient roads, Via Ostiensis and another road that ran west of the River Tiber along the approximate line of the modern Via della Marmorata. It is located close to the Porta San Paolo and the Protestant Cemetery, two other worthy tourist sights in Rome. The pyramid stands 37 metres high with a base of almost 30 metres and is constructed from brick-faced concrete covered with slabs of white marble. Cestius' tomb was not the only pyramid in Rome; a larger one, called the 'Pyramid of Romulus' stood between the Vatican and the Mausoleum of Hadrian but was dismantled in the 16th century by Pope Alexander VI and its marble used for the steps of St. Peter's Basilica. Restoration works of this impressive pyramid were completed in 2015 and the Pyramid of Cestius is currently open to the public on every second and fourth Saturday of the month and visitors must book a tour in advance. Metro station: Piramide.

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