Ancient Rome

Pyramid of Cestius

Pyramid of Cestius

The Pyramid of Cestius on Piazza di Porta San Paolo was integrated into the Aurelian Wall along with Porta San Paolo (the ancient Porta Ostiensis). Gaius Cestius Epulonius was praetor, people’s tribune and a member of the septemviri epulones, the council of seven responsible for religious banquets in Rome. This monument on the road to Ostia, based on Egyptian models, was his tomb.

Pyramid of Cestius

Scenic view of the Pyramid of Cestius, iconic landmark in Testaccio district in Rome, Italy

Aerial view of the Pyramid of Cestius

Aerial view of the Pyramid of Cestius in Rome. On Italian, Piramide di Caio Cestio or Piramide Cestia

The pyramid, which dates from 12 B.C, measures 22m/72ft on each side and is 27m/89ft high. It was built of travertine stone and clad in snow- white marble from Carrara, the former Luni. It was erected in 330 days, as the inscription records. The tip is said to have been gilded. Inside the pyramid is a 6 x 4m/20 x 13ft burial chamber with remains of murals.

Pyramid of Cestius

A sunny day at the Pyramid Cestius near Porta San Paolo in Rome. The Pyramid is today one of the best-preserved ancient buildings in Rome.

Pyramid of Cestius

The ancient Pyramid Cestius in summer, Rome, Italy.

Pyramid of Caius Cestius

Giacchino Altobelli – Pyramid of Caius Cestius, Rome, 1858

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Walking from Colosseum

Pyramid of Cestius, 1,7 km from (22 min walk) from Colosseum.