Museo dell'Ara Pacis - Exterior


Fountains are an essential feature of Rome's famous cityscape, providing convenient meeting places, relief from the summer heat, and sometimes dazzling displays of sculpture and water. In comparison with the most famous Roman fountains, the fountain at the Ara Pacis is small in scale and without figurative sculpture. But it attempts to provide some of the same pleasures, whether or not people are visiting the museum. Like the museum building, it's design contrasts with traditional Roman design, based instead on the international style of the late 20th century, of which Meier is a leading exemplar.