Arch of Constantine : Michelin's recommendations
This beautifully harmonious, three-arcaded triumphal arch stands near the Colisseum. It was built in 315, by the Senate and Roman people, to celebrate Constantine's victory over his rival Maxentius. Like the Colisseum, it was later set into the city's Medieval fortifications, thus enabling it to survive into our 21C in quite good condition. You should take the time to see the detailed and abundantly decorated sculptures, that sometimes originated from previous monuments, even if tourists get in the way ! On the North front (facing the Colisseum), upper level, you can see statues of Dacian prisoners from a monument erected in honour of Trajan, sculpted low reliefs in honour of Marcus Aurelius, highlighting his triumph over the Germans (an amusing detail is that Constantine's head replaced that of the victorious emperor), and four medallions, about hunting, that were taken from a Hadrian monument. Decorations on the other side follow a similar plan and show Marcus Aurelius victory scenes, as well as hunting scenes. The Meta Sudans fountain, which once stood in front of the triumphal arch, had a conical shape and water seeped from it like sweat. Its last remains disappeared in 1936.
- Address : v. i S. - Gregorio - Foro Romano I - 00184 Roma00184Roma
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