Arch of Constantine

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Andy99 Andy99
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The Imposing Arch of Constantine Sep 28, 2012
The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch erected in 315 to commemorate Constantine's victory over his rival Maxentius in 312. The structure is 69 feet (21 m) high and 85 feet (25.9 m) wide. It is the last such triumphal arch erected in ancient Rome and the grandest. It spanned the Via Triumphalis, the ceremonial parade route of victorious emperors. The arch was later worked into fortifications in the 10th century and was part of the Frangipani fortifications that included the Colosseum. Adjoining walls from the Medieval period were dismantled in 1804.

The Arch of Constantine is quite close to the Colosseum and one should inspect it when visiting the latter. The arch is adorned with inscriptions, bas reliefs, and sculptures. Many of the sculptures, notably the eight roundels in the center and eight panels along the top, were taken from second century Roman monuments. The smaller friezes below the roundels and large statues of Dacian warriors are from the 4th century. They provide a study in contrasting eras of Roman art.

The Arch of Constantine with its distinctive three portal design has inspired other large commemorative arches around the world, including Marble Arch in London and the Siegestor in Munich.

Part of the Historic Centre of Rome UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Zagnut66 says:
Too bad it's fenced off for an up close view.
Posted on: Dec 20, 2012
joehobo says:
Great .....I like the historical perspective in the review.
Posted on: Nov 08, 2012
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tj1777 tj1777
379 reviews
Arch of Constantine Dec 26, 2011
330 Constantine found Byzantium and makes it the new capital of the Roman Empire

Fact about Byzantium: “Rome used to be the natural centre of the Roman Empire – but due to the huge expansion of the empire the distance from Rome to the conflicts at the border had become unmanageable. The Emperor of Rome had to be closer to the action which meant dissatisfied Roman senators and other had a free reign to work their different schemes against the Emperor. Hence Constantine moved the capital away from Rome which led to the break up of the empire and a long decline for Rome. After Constantine’s death Byzantium was renamed Constantinople in his honor.”

All around the world you can find triumphant arches – in Rome alone you can find several. But one arch is considered the model of all later triumphant arches in the world – the Arch of Constantine the Great. His arch is located just outside the Colosseum in Rome right next to the Roman Forum in the shade of the Palatine Hill. It was used as the finishing line in the marathon during the Olympics in Rome.

Just the location of the arch makes it stand out a bit more than the arches at the Roman Forum. In principle this location is less prestigious than a location at the forum itself – but it provide the arch with a bit more of space around it which gives it more attention than it would have gotten if lots of other ruins would surround it.

The arch was erected in memory of Constantine’s victory over Maxentius in the Battle of Milvian Bridge on 28 October 312. But even though the arch was made to glorify Constantine’s victory it has got several friezes with scenes from older times glorifying the old emperor’s achievements.

The arch is located out in the open – and you really cant avoid seeing it if you go and visit the Colosseum – so why not walk up to it and have a closer look at the detailed artwork which covers the arch.
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tj1777 says:
He is generally credited as the person who made Christianity the officiel religion of the Roman Empire - though it isn't certain if he ever converted to Christianity himself.
Posted on: Feb 02, 2012
Jamal1280 says:
And from what I read after seeing the arch a couple of years ago, Constantine is responsible for making Christianity the primary religion in the West.
Posted on: Feb 01, 2012
Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Nice side attraction from the Colosseum Feb 21, 2010
The Arch of Constantine is a wonderful monument which is situated very near to the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. The arch was constructed to honour Constantine’s victory during a battle. Whether you are a history fan or not, the arch is breathtaking and really captures your attention.

Unfortunately, the arch is gated off which prevents it from being swamped by masses of tourists. Nonetheless, the arch is large enough to withstand large enough crowds, and it is possible to get a decent look at it and get some pictures too.

I cannot imagine any visitor to Rome not passing the Colosseum at least once. When you are there, turn your head slightly and have a quick look at this monument too!
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