Julius Cesar’s powerful successor and adoptive son (really his nephew), Augustus, was the first emperor and founder of the Roman Empire where he reigned from 27 bc to 14 ad.
His once grand mausoleum which he had built in 28 b.c. is now in a very sad state of ruin. Augustus’s family and some of the other emperor’s urns were housed in this mausoleum, but invading barbarians during the fall of the Roman Empire raided the tomb dumping out the ashes and steeling the urns. So technically the family is still in this mausoleum, just crushed up under layers of the dirt.
This tomb is in a horrible part of town that was crawling with bums and reeked of urine. I actually walked right past a man and then realized he was peeing on the side of a locked outhouse. That’ll teach em! There were no tourists in this area and hardly any people. It stunk so bad at the front of the mausoleum that we left as soon as I could get a picture.
The site is closed to visitors and as of 2016, they still haven’t done any renovations to this amazing historic landmark which is really a shame.
Again, as I say about all the amazing Roman ruins, it makes me sad to think how such a monumental emperor and figure of the Roman Empire’s remains have decayed and turned into ruin. This is the story of Rome and eventually everything in this world. So sad but true.