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Domus Aurea The Golden House of Nero in Rome

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One of the many wonders of Ancient Rome. The Domus Aurea is the large luxury mansion built by the Roman emperor Nero after the great fire that devastated Rome in 64 AD.
Its name in Latin means the Golden House and it has been declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.
The Domus Aurea complex covered an area of about 250 hectares within the Palatine, Esquiline and Caelian hills, and most of it was occupied by gardens with fountains, statues, groves of trees, vineyards, and an artificial lake upon which arose later the Coliseum.
There was also a colossal bronze statue of 35 meters representing Nero, the Colossus Neronis, located in the main entrance of the palace on the Palatine.
The Colossus was later adapted with the head of other roman emperors and it was moved by Adriano to a position next to the Flavian Amphitheater. This building took the name "Colosseum" in the Middle Ages, after the statue nearby.
The Domus Aurea was covered with pure gold leaf and its ceilings were decorated with semi-precious stones, ivory, paintings and beautiful mosaics.
After Nero’s death, the Domus Aurea was stripped of its coatings, filled with earth and completely buried under new constructions: i.e the Baths of Titus, the Baths of Trajan and, on the site of the lake, Vespasian built the Flavian Amphitheatre.
How to reach the Domus Aurea: Metro B - Coliseum stop
Address: Via della Domus Aurea, 1 - 00184 Rome Italy
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