Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella
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Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella information
Dating to the 1st century BC, this great drum of a mausoleum encloses a burial chamber (built for the daughter of the consul Quintus Metellus Creticus), now roofless. The walls are made of travertine and the interior is decorated with a sculpted frieze featuring Gaelic shields, ox skulls and festoons.
In the 14th century it was converted into a fort by the Caetani family, who used to frighten passing traffic into paying a toll.