Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania, Algeria

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Carole Raddato
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published on 27 February 2023
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The Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania near Tipasa in Algeria is a funerary monument built in 3 BCE by Juba II of Numidia (c. 50 BCE- c. 25 CE) and his wife Cleopatra Selene II (40 BCE-c. 5 BCE). This tomb may have been their final resting place, but their remains were not found.

The architectural design of the mausoleum is reminiscent of other Numidian tombs. However, it was also inspired by the Mausoleum of Augustus in Rome, which was constructed around 28 BCE. The hilltop mausoleum is built on a circular base and was originally topped with a pyramid or cone. The monument was originally roughly 60 m (196 ft) in diameter and 40 m (131 ft) tall, although damage has reduced its height to around 30 m (98 ft).

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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