Rome’s first emperor’s ashes, along with successors Tiberius and Claudius, will get the recognition it deserves through the efforts of Archaeologists, who had received £1.6 million to restore the Forum, the Colosseum and Augustus’ Mausoleum. A pedestrianized piazza worth £11.6 million will be built to handle more visitors into the site.
According to Culture Assessor Flavia Barca, the funding is timely for the 2,000 year anniversary of the site. He said that rome was once the world’s biggest and most beautiful city being a capital for business, culture and entertainment.
Emperor Augusts claimed on his deathbed that he found a Rome built of bricks, and he had left one made of marble.
However, the test of time is not kind to the infrastructure built two centuries ago. The Mausoleum’s upper floor is missing and the marble, which once shone proud, had been in terrible shape and had long been gone.
Archaeologist Elisabetta Carnabuci said that the architecture of the Mausoleum is incredible because it had stood the test of time, especially with a modernizing Rome. The Mausoleum was once a castle that was battered by warring families, a concert hall, and then Benito Mussolini’s bid to restore the honour of the Emperor during the Facist Regime.
The restoration efforts may take two years until its reopening. The positive public response to the project ensured that the Romans did not forget about its first emperor.