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The Pyramid of CestiusBy Anthony Parente
From an inscription later uncovered it took 330 days to complete this pyramid that is approximately 36 meters (118 feet) tall and 29.6 meters (97 feet) wide. It was believed this was based off the pyramids in Giza, Egypt, but this one was narrower and had a steep incline that lead to a point resembling the Nubian pyramids in Africa. It was constructed with brick and concrete covered with Carrara marble and the burial chamber was adorned with frescoes. The burial tomb was rediscovered during restoration in the 17th century. Unfortunately, the tomb was empty and the frescoes were in bad shape. Fortunately, restoration has restored some of the frescoes.
This is a unique and well-preserved monument and worth a visit when you travel to Rome. The Pyramid is only open during the 3rd and 4th Saturday and Sunday of every month by guided tour. Tickets must be purchased in advance from CoopCulture.
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