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Ara Pacis Museum

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Richard Meier
location Rome
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The Ara Pacis Museum, located along the Tiber River, near the Ponte Cavour, on the western edge of the Piazza Augusto Imperatore, is an integral part of the urban context of the Augustean Area. It is designed to house the ancient relic, the Ara Pacis Augustae, a sacrificial altar dating to 9 B.C., originally housed in a building designed by Vittorio Ballio Morpurgo in 1938. The only surviving part of the Morpurgo structure is a low travertine wall that Mussolini had engraved with the "Res Gestae" (the Acts of the Divine Augustus). The new design protects and enhances the relic. The travertine comes from the same quarry as the stone that was used to build the Piazza of the Emperor Augustus in the Thirties; it was also, more recently, used by Richard Meier for the Getty Centre in Los Angeles and other important architectural works.

Matthew says:
I've been to the Ara Pacis once in my life (2009) and can NOT wait to go again. I simply loved the mix of new, modern style architecture housing the very ancient remains.

Napoli, Italy 28-Mar-11
SamBrown says:
Good stone. Awesome air conditioning. But details leave a lot to be desired, and its expensive to get in to see how Meier has handled the display and protection of artefacts. Also, he's gone and set his signature in metal in the stone of the fountain outside...such a modest gesture!
Leicester, United Kingdom 13-Sep-10
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Ara Pacis Museum
Lungotevere in Augusta
Project is public!
Opening hours Tuesday-Sunday 9.00am-7.00pm; 24th and 31st December 9.00am-2.00pm (the ticket office closes an hour in advance). Monday, 1st January, 1st May and 25th December.
How to get there? From Termini: METRO LINE A to BATTISTINI for 4 stops. Get off at Flaminio. Walk about 850 m down Via di Ripetta. From Rome Ostiense station: Go to OSTIENSE/MATTEUCCI stop. Take no 716 bus (marked for TEATRO MARCELLO) for 7 stops. Get off at PETROSELLI. Take no 628 bus (marked MARESCIALLO GIARDINO) for 9 stops. Get off at LGT AUGUSTA/ARA PACIS. On foot from Piazza di Spagna: Follow Via dei Condotti to its end, about 700 m. Then continue down Via Tomacelli until you reach bank of Tiber.
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Completion 2006
ArchitectRichard Meier
Client City of Rome
Project ID 589
Latitude/Longitude 41°54'21N 12°28'31E
Contributed by Maarten_Scheurwater
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