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The mausoleum of Lucius Strap: photos, description (Lucio Mausoleo Planco)

The mausoleum of Lucius Strap is one of the most well-preserved sites of Gaeta, referring to the era of Ancient Rome. Lucius Planck was born in the 90s BC, presumably in Tivoli and died at the age of 90 years in Gaeta in the year of the Nativity. During his life he has held a variety of positions: he was Consul in 42 BC the triumvirate with Lepidus, the censor, the urban prefect, and the founder of two Roman colonies. He also was a General of Julius Caesar in his military campaigns to conquer Gaul, and served him during the Civil wars. After Caesar won the Civil war, he sent Lucius Strap to Spain and appointed him city prefect. And after the death of Caesar, Lucius swore allegiance to Cicero, who instructed him to establish a colony in Gaul. Later he would become the founder of another colony of Augusta Raurica (now the Swiss in Basel.

The last years of his life perspicacious politician Lucius Strap held in Gaeta, a small pretty Villa, from which up to the present day survived only the ruins and a huge mausoleum at the top of Monte Orlando. This unique architectural building was built in 22 BC, in the form of a cylinder. The mausoleum, built of limestone tufa, stands at a height of 168 meters. He is 13.2 meters in height and about 29.5 meters in diameter. The decoration of the mausoleum is a frieze with military symbolism. Nearby is another mausoleum of a Roman public figure - Lucius Sempronia Atracine.