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This arch, dating from 316 AD, is in the proximity of the Colosseum and celebrates his "decennalia" (10 years in power) and his victory over his co-emperor Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge.
Much of the decoration is borrowed from older pagan structures despite his later conversion to Christianity and his shifting of his power base to Constantinople, the centre of the Byzantine Empire.
During the Mussolini era a fountain was placed in front of it denying passage through the arch but much of it has since been removed.

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  • Updated Apr 12, 2003
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