The Egyptian like landmark Pyramid of Caius Cestius in the Rome neighbourhood of Testaccio. The Pyramid (Piramide di Caio Cestio) was built by Caius Cestius a senior 1st century BC Roman magistrate as a tomb or burial place for himself. Made of white marble the pyramid rises to a height of 36 metres and took one year to build. Two hundred years later it was incorporated into the Aurelian fortification walls as part of the defence against barbarian attacks. It is located near the Porta San Paolo, a city gate named after Saint Paul.