Jul 28, 2012


When you think of a pyramids, there is generally only one place that comes to mind: the Egypt of the pharaohs. But during Rome's concquest of Egypt in the1st century BC, all things Egyptian were the rage, the most obvious example of this being the obelisks, shipped across the Mediterranean to adorn the most important Roman sites.
Rome' only surving pyramid, (there was at least one other, not far from the Vatican and destroyed in the 16th century), was built as a mausoleum for the Roman magistrate Gaius Cestius, at the end of the 1st century,, The sharply pointed monuments is similar in shape to the steep pyramids of Nubia, where Cestius may have served in battle, as opposed to the massive but shallower ones of Giza, it may not be a towering wonder of the world, but a 37 meters tall, it is nevertheless the most recognizable monument in the area.
Despite a restoration in 2001, the white marble exterior of the 2000 year old pyramid has turned ad unpleasant shade of gray due to the pollution from the busy intersection below. Worse that that, the weakened walls have allowed water to seep in over the centuries, damaging the frescoes within.
With Italian budget cuts across the board-particulary as regards to culture funding the chances of a major restoration to this little visited site were slim to none. That's where Yuzo Yagi comes in. This Japanese entrepreneur, owner of Tsusho Ltd, an export businss that brings the best Italian textiles to Japan, is financing the complete restoration and cleaning of this marvelous monument, restoring it to its original shade of brillant white, which just happens to be Yagi's favorite color. The project, which will cost an estimated one million euros, is already in course and schedule to be completed by the end of 2013.

Even more exciting are the radar and ultrasound probes that are planned to discover if any yet unknown inner chambers of the pyramid exist, a possibility that has come to light through recent investigations

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