Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania

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Arienne King
by Lamine Bensaou
published on 20 August 2018
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The Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania in Tipaza, Algeria was 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 the final resting place of Juba II and Cleopatra Selene II, although their remains have not been found.

The architectural design of the mausoleum is reminiscent of other Numidian tombs, although it was also inspired by the similar Mausoleum of Augustus in Rome which was constructed around 27 BCE. The hilltop mausoleum is built on a circular base and was originally topped with either a pyramid or cone. The monument was originally roughly 60 meters in diameter and 40 meters tall, although damage has reduced its height to around 30 meters.

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