Symbol of the unity and power of the Roman Empire, the Tropaeum Alpium (known as the Trophy of Augustus – the Trophée d’Auguste in French) dominates the heights of the ancient port of Monaco and offers an exceptional view of the French Riviera.
Honouring Augustus’ victory
Explore this Roman trophy – a wonderful example of the glorification an emperor’s victory!
The Trophée d’Auguste was erected in the first century BC in honour of Octavius, a nephew of Caesar who later became Emperor Augustus. It was dedicated to him by the Roman Senate and its people following his victory over the Alpine tribes between 25 and 14 B.C. This extraordinary monument raised Emperor Augustus to the status of god because in ancient Rome, these trophies were dedicated to the gods of victory. The remains you see today bear witness to the huge scale of the construction.
A unique testimony to the deification of Augustus
Admire one of the last remaining edifices in Europe built in honour of Emperor Augustus.
The trophy stands on the high peak of La Turbie and was part of the sanctuary landscape dedicated to Heracles-Hercules. Augustus is in fact equated with Hercules, a demigod who was promised immortality if he completed the twelve labours. Also considered a hero spreading civilization and opening up roads through the Alps, he conferred a divine aura on Augustus, which was emphasized by his exploits as a warrior in his battles with the Alpine tribes.
The restoration and the Trophée d’Auguste museum
The monument was dismantled in the 18th and 19th centuries and some of the material was used to build the village. Having been listed as a historic monument, the Société Française des Fouilles Archeologiques excavated the trophy in 1905. Between 1929 and 1933, the architects Jean-Camille and Jules Formigé rebuilt part of the structure thanks to the patronage of the American Edward Tuck. Renovated in 2011, the Musée du Trophée d’Auguste presents casts of the most significant remains found and photographs of the excavations.
Prices, opening hours… find all the practical information you need to visit the Trophée d’Auguste here.
From 19 May to 20 September from 9.30 am to 1 pm and from 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm.
From 21 September to 18 May from 10 am to 1.30 pm and from 2.30 pm to 5 pm.
1 January, 1 May, 1 November, 11 November and 25 December.
Times subject to change.
Free for under 18s
Free for 18-25 year olds from the European Union
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