Piramide Cestia

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Neighborhood: Aventine
Contrary to the chaos of the city, the Aventine is Rome’s oasis. A neighborhood made up of a patchwork of ancient churches, hidden gardens, private homes and embassies, peace and quiet is top priority and the vibe definitely friends and family. Take a walk around the Aventine and you’ll find a treasure hunt of surprises like the clever little keyhole at the Knights of Malta entrance (the only place you’ll find a line) along with Parco Savello (Giardino degli Aranci) next to the ancient Santa Sabina church. Keep your eyes on the 1960s architecture, several modern buildings are built atop Rome’s original 4th century BC wall.
How to get there
  • Piramide • 2 min walk
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R Schmidt
Burnham, UK616 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Although I have always wanted to visit this location, found it by pure accident while taking the wrong train into Rome from Ostia!!! Great for contemplating!!! Utterly mesmerising sight!!!
Written September 26, 2020
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L3K
Guisborough, UK1,795 contributions
Jan 2020
Like many of the minor sights of Rome, this is worth a quick look if you find yourself nearby, but it's not worth making a special journey. It was built as a tomb during a time when all things Egyptian were fashionable, and has since been incorporated into the city walls. It's just outside the Porto San Paolo, and is next to the protestant cemetery containing the tombs of Keats and Shelly
Written March 4, 2020
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Marko M
Hollola, Finland273 contributions
Feb 2020
Pyramid is a tomb for Gaius Cestius and it has been built about 18-12 BC. It isn't huge, but still worth to see. It's easy to reach with subway, because it's located just couple of hundreds metres outside of Piramide station (B line).
Written March 1, 2020
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Malgorzata
10,706 contributions
May 2019
It is located near Porta San Paolo. It was built as a grave for Gaius Cestius. The pyramid unexpectedly appears at one of the main squares of Rome and can surprise many tourists. It is 36.40 m high, 30 m square base per side.It was built around 12 BC. It is picturesquely integrated into the Aureliana Wall and Porta San Paolo. It makes great impression.
Written February 29, 2020
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Calle K
Hong Kong, China1,768 contributions
Jan 2020
It is easily walkable from the mouth of truth to here. Or there is a bus station just opposite, the pyramid is very beautiful in all its perfectness and also pretty by the city wall.
Take your time to visit!
Written February 5, 2020
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ROCruiser
Claremont, CA4,531 contributions
Oct 2019
Standing right outside of the Porto S. Paolo train station was a surprising sight to see in Rome. Of all the historical structures around the different parts of Rome, this Egyptian pyramid makes for a very different adventure.
Written December 24, 2019
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Manuela L
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg7,086 contributions
Dec 2018
The pyramid of Caius Cestius, built between 18 and 12 BC is a symbol of a funerary monument and has so a fascination of its perfect geometric form, and is in centrum of Rome; it's like the pyramid as the one of Saqqara in Egypte; situated at the crossroads of two major ancient roads Ostiensis and the Vicus Portae and was built in the ancient Rome during the Augustian period and only the pyramid of Caius Cestius has survived and intact and the inscription Caius Cestius is to see on the facade; he was a priest of a prestigious college in charge of organising ritual sacrificial banquets for the gods and he was inspired by Oriental model of tombs; it's a large travertine stone podium and all the pyramid is constructed with white marble stones. Rome has only this one pyramid and it's a stunning monument to see in center of the city
Written November 2, 2019
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ChiefGuru
Decatur, IN3,414 contributions
Jun 2019
Egyptomania gripped Rome in the wake of the conquest of Egypt in 30 B.C. by Octavian (the future Roman emperor Augustus), who defeated his rival Mark Antony, deposed Pharaoh Cleopatra, and annexed the Ptolemaic Kingdom (most of modern-day Egypt) to the Roman Empire. The pyramid was built (18 B.C. to 12 B.C.) during the reign of Emperor Augustus, the adopted son of Gaius Julius Caesar. The reason that such a major tomb was constructed for a Roman nobleman, Gaius Cestius, is unknown. Some speculation is that he was a ranking military man of Caesar's, who traveled with him to Egypt and enjoyed the view of the pyramids? An inscription on the southeast side of the pyramid reads: “Gaius Cestius Epulo, son of Lucius, of the Poblilian district, praetor, tribune of the people, official of the public banquets. According to his will, this work was completed in three hundred and thirty days; it was executed by his heirs L. Pontus Mela, son of Publius, of the Claudian district, and his freedman Pothus” The Pyramid of Cestius is constructed of brick and cement, covered in white Carrara marble. Between 271 and 275 it was built into the fortifications of the Aurelian walls, which likely helped it survive the centuries. Actually, a second pyramid also once existed. The second larger pyramid built in Rome during the Egyptian craze, was located near the Castel Sant’Angelo between the Mausoleum of Hadrian and the Vatican. It was known as the "Pyramid of Romulus." In the 16th century, Pope Alexander VI decided to destroy it and use the marble to create the steps of the St. Peter's Basilica. Today, the Pyramid of Caius Cestius' foundations rest below street level near a heavily trafficked intersection. The pyramid is actually ~121 feet tall and its base is ~97 feet on each side. The Pyramid of Caius Cestius is across the street from the Porta San Paolo - a City Gate of the Aurelian Walls. The Pyramid of Caius Cestius is another wonderful building remaining from ancient Rome that should definitely be seen when visiting the city.
Written October 12, 2019
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Liz
Chicago, IL456 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
This is definately something I personally would take time to do, it does not take long to see it or take photos, but this is the only pyramid still standing from the Roman Empire (they built two). Definately not what you would expect to see in Rome!
Written July 22, 2019
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Andreas Michaelides
Cyprus899 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
A beautiful White Pyramide in the City of Rome makes you forgot for a moment that you are in Rome.
The Pyramid of Cestius (in Italian, Piramide di Caio Cestio or Piramide Cestia) is an ancient pyramid in Rome, Italy, near the Porta San Paolo and the Protestant Cemetery. It was built as a tomb for Gaius Cestius, a member of the Epulones religious corporation.
The pyramid was built about 18–12 BC as a tomb for Gaius Cestius, a magistrate and member of one of the four great religious corporations in Rome, the Septemviri Epulonum. The pyramid measures 100 Roman feet (29.6 m) square at the base and stands 125 Roman feet (37 m) high.
Written July 17, 2019
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