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  The Domus Aurea, Rome

 
 

 

The Domus Aurea (Golden House) is the splendid residence that the emperor Nero built in the few years between the great fire of Rome in 64 AD and his tragic death in 69 AD. The Golden House was a spectacular complex of pavilions sparkling with gold, ivory, precious stones and marbles, immersed in a green countryside artificially constructed inside the city.

For many centuries the Domus Aurea seemed lost. Only in 1500 its existence was rediscovered. The Domus Aurea is at the moment closed for additional excavations and restoration work.

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