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Domus Augustana

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Domus Augustana was the palace of Ancient Rome’s emperors on the Palatine Hill.

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About Domus Augustana

The Domus Augustana on the Palatine Hill was a magnificent palace used as the residence of Rome’s emperors from the late first to the third centuries AD.

History of Domus Augustana

Built by the Emperor Domitian, the incredible remains of the Domus Augustana include a remarkable courtyard with the remnants of a fountain and many of its walls, as well as a reception wing with audience hall and basilica, domestic quarters, a hippodrome, and a Bath of the imperial palace of Domitian. It is vast, covering an enormous area on the southeast sector of the Palatine.

Largely dating to the time of Domitian, the structure was built by his architect Rabirius, and sits on massive terraces under which earlier structures, such as the House of the Griffins and parts of Nero’s Domus Transitoria, were buried. Later, during the Byzantine period, it was the residence and workplace of the highest officials.

Domus Augustana Today

Today, Domus Augustana is a hugely popular tourist attraction owing to its magnificence and historical resonance. It’s best to get a tour since there is a wealth of information attached to the extensive site.

The Domus Augustana should not be confused with the nearby House of Augustus, the latter of which was the much more humble home of the first Roman Emperor, Augustus. In fact, Roman emperors were called ‘Augustus’ for over 300 years, which is reflected in the name of the Domus Augustana.

Getting to Domus Augustana

Domus Augustana set in the Palatine Hill, a half a kilometre and 6 minute walk from the Colosseum.