Reopening of Nero's Domus Aurea Pleasure
Palace in Rome After Emergency Repairs for Safety Concerns
ROME (12/19/2006) - It was
announced today that Nero's pleasure palace, the
Domus Aurea or Golden House, closed for over a
year, will reopen next month for public visitation. The Domus
Aurea, a popular site with tourists, was closed down due to
safety concerns in December, 2005 because of water leaks
causing fear that it might collapse.
The Italian government has
pledged $5.27 million in funds to repair the famous Domus
Aurea and other archaeological sites from erosion.
The Domus Aurea was
"rediscovered" in 1506 by Italian Renaissance artists who admired
classical Greek sculpture which were collected for the
Domus Aurea by Nero during his brief reign 2000 years ago.
Nero's decorators made extensive use of gold leaf in the Domus
Only about half of the
original 32 rooms in the Domus Aurea previously open to the public
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