Lonely Planet Writer

Rome’s only surviving ancient pyramid restored

The Pyramid of Cestius, constructed around 2000 years ago as a tomb for the Roman magistrate Caius Cestius has undergone a €2 million restoration paid for by the Japanese clothing magnate Yuzo Yagi.

The Pyramid of Cestius in Rome has undergone a cleaning.
The Pyramid of Cestius in Rome has undergone a cleaning. Image by _robignegne_ Instagram

The pyramid, which is located next to a busy traffic intersection, was blackened by decades of grime, but that has now been cleaned off to reveal the creamy white Carrara marble beneath.

The Pyramid of Cestius, Rome.
The Pyramid of Cestius, Rome, before it was cleaned. Image by Gordon Stephen / CC BY-SA 2.0

Visitors who reserve a place on one of the twice-monthly tours can now explore the tomb themselves, squeezing through the narrow corridor that leads to the frescoed burial chamber. Read more: theguardian.com