Rome, Italy

House of Augustus

The Domus Augusti, which is generally known as the House of Augustus, is the first site that visitors see when visiting the Palatine Hill in the ancient city of Rome. The house was the home of the great emperor Caesar Augustine in his days. The House of Augustus was opened to the general public just recently after the city celebrated two thousand years anniversary of the death of the great emperor.

The restoration of the tourist attraction took many years. The building has newly frescoed rooms that were lavishly constructed. Generally, the restoration of the building includes the construction of visitation paths along the house with information panels and impressive lightening, conservations of the ancient frescoes, stabilizations of the structures and the installations of protective roofing. All these make the ancient building a great facility to visit.

The House of Augustus is not an extremely big house, but it is widely celebrated and appreciated for its stylish Pompeian second-style frescoes which are one of the best in the world of Rome. The Pompeian second-style frescoes are architectural styles that were developed during Augustus’ reign. They started in the early first century BC. After Augustus’ victory at Actium, he expanded the layouts of the building. Some of the rooms of the house contain special wall paintings that are famous by their recurring design and pattern of decorations. Some of these rooms include room 11 which is the room of perspective paintings, room 5 which is the room of the masks and room 6 which is the commonly called the “Pine Room.” The first two rooms at the House of Augustus were the bedrooms which were referred to as the domestic cubiculae. These are in the western part of the building. The third room that flanks the tablinum was identified as a wing (ala). The ala was located in the northern part of the building and it was used more for public functions. A very popular room in the building is the room 15 which is known as the “Emperor’s Study.” The room is believed to have no equal in the entire city of Rome.

Visitors can explore the House of Augustus with the help of guided tours. The tours start with the domestic section’s two cubiculae in room 5 and 6. The “Pine Room” has pine festoons and these consist of Doric columns and porticoes. There is so much to see and get amazed by in the House of Augustus. It is a treasure to behold.

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