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Arch of Constantine, Rome: 75 reviews and 143 photos

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Emperor Constantine The Great (272-337, emperor from 306 to 337) won over Maxentius in 312 (in the battle of the Milvian Bridge) and 3 years later a triumphal arch was erected by the senate in Rome to honor him. Previous to the battle he supposed to have seen a vision of a cross in the sky with words ?by this sign you shall conquer? following so he went, won the battle and converted into a Christian. The funny thing is that the arch was erected opposite Colloseum where the Christians had been thrown to the cute lions?

Arch of Constantine is the largest in Rome as it is 21metres high and 26metres wide with 3 archways. There are many reliefs taken from other (earlier) structures but most of them have nothing to do with Constantine. And there?s no Christian signs of symbols too.

At one side there is an inscription (in latin):
"To the Emperor Caesar Flavius Constantinus Maximus, the pious and jubilant Augustus, the Senate and the peoples of Rome dedicate this arch as a token of his triumph as, by the inspiration of God and his magnanimity, he and his army liberated the state in rightful war from the tyrant and from all rebellion".

I think I cant stand these arches anymore, we took some pictures (pic 2 was taken from Colosseum) but we got bored as there wasn?t much to do/see although I should have enjoyed this one that is dedicated to me? yes I have the same name with the emperor :)

Address: Piazza del Colosseo
Directions: A few meters away from Colosseum between Palatine Hill and Colosseum
Metro stop:Colosseo(Line B) or buses:11, 15, 27, 81, 85, 87, 88, 118, 673

Phone: +39 06 0608
Website: http://www.ancient.eu/article/497/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 20, 2011
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