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Arch of Constantine, Rome: 75 reviews and 143 photos

 
 

The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch in Rome, next to the Colosseum & Palatine Hill. It was erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312. It is the oldest standing arch that used several major reliefs from 2nd century imperial monuments.

The arch is 21 m high, 25.9 m wide and 7.4 m deep. It has three archways, the central one being 11.5 m high and 6.5 m wide, the lateral archways 7.4 m by 3.4 m each. The top attic is brickwork & marble. A staircase formed in the thickness of the arch is entered from a door at some height from the ground, in the end towards the Palatine Hill. The general design with a main part structured by detached columns and an attic with the main inscription above is modeled after the example of the Arch of Septimius Severus on the Roman Forum. It has been suggested that the lower part of the arch is re-used from an older monument, probably from the times of the Emperor Hadrian. It is inscribed but I could not get close enough to read the inscriptions.

Address: Piazza del Colosseo
Directions: Next to the Colosseum
Phone: +39 06 0608
Website: http://www.ancient.eu/article/497/

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  • Updated Jan 9, 2013
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