This image of the Pyramid of Caius Cestius is part of one of the panoramic images found on the PanoramicEarth.com Tour of Rome. There are over 100 images taken from around
The pyramid is his tomb, is made of brick and then covered in white marble form Luni. It was reported to have taken 330 days to construct. Unlike many of the tombs for the Emperors which have crumbled to dust, this remains as intact as the day it was made. The original entrance is through an descending shaft half way up the north face. Excavations show that originally the interior was decorated with stuccoes and frescos of female figures, but these are very badly degraded and barely visible now. Outside the pyramid are two statue bases also dedicated to Cestius, though the statues themselves are long gone.
Nowadays the pyramid in adjacent to a very busy main road and while traffic speeds past on one side, the other forms part of the border to the
In this image you can see both the pyramid and the outside of the Porta San Paolo to the left. The full panoramic image showing views both up- and down-river is found on the Rome tour by PanoramicEarth.com. For better appreciation of this image go to the collection on Flickr.
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