Salvia Postuma Sergia used her own money to build the arch to honour her three brothers who fought and died at the battle of Actium. The arch was erected in the last two decades of the 1st century BC.
The Triumphal Arch of the Sergi (orGolden Gate) was built between the years 29 and 27 BC by the Sergi family, in honor of three members of the family who held important positions in Pula at that time.
This was the first place in Pula where I actually felt like I was in a touristy place. Perhaps that was because this is such a wide open space that connects the old city and the Roman ruins with the much more modern are of the Giardini and the market. The Arch of the Sergians is also known as Zlatna vrata or Golden Gate and was built in 30 BCE by Salvia Postuma Sergia. The side of the Gate facing the older parts of town contains the more interesting engravings with stories of the victories of the Sergia family.
Triumphal Arch of the Sergeius Family was erected in the 1st century BC,most probably shortly after the battle of Actium (31 BC), and it has a triumphal and honorary character.
The central figure, to which the arch was dedicated, was Lucius Sergius Lepidus, son to Lucius, a military tribune of the 29th legion, which took part at the battle of Actium on the side of Octavian August, when Caesar's murderers were defeated. It is not completely clear whether Salvia Postuma was Lepidus's mother or wife.
As the city walls and the gates were demolished during the new regulation of the city, the arch became a self-standing building.
Of twelve Roman city gates three have been preserved. The most attractive must have been the so-called "porta aurea" - Golden gate - which had an exceptionally beautiful triumphant arch attached to its inner side. It is a masterpiece of Roman architecture at the turn of the Christian era. The building of exceptionally harmonious proportions and brillant execution was erected by a patrician woman of Pula Salvia Postuma of the Sergeius family with her own money, as was stressed by the inscription, in honour of three members of her family and who held high military or administrative duties in the Roman state.
Slavoluk obitelji Sergi (Sergius arch) was built at the end of the first century AD. It is also called Portarata (Golden door). Three rich local citizens called Sergius, in order to honor their memory for centuries, have built this arch.
Triumphal Arch of the Sergeius family, from the 1st c. BC, was built in honour of Lucius Sergius Lepidus, a military tribune of the 29th legion, his father Lucius Sergius, son to Caius who was a consul and Lepidus's uncle Cnaeus Sergius who also held high offices like his brother.
The main street running past the arena leads to the TRG BRATSTVA-JEDINSTVA Brotherhood and Unity Square - the site of the necropolis mentioned in Dante's inferno. This is now the centre of modern Pula and is flanked by the city fortifications and the Roman Hercules Gate. The Triumphal Arch with its two pairs of corinthian columns has been studied and sketched by Michelangelo and Robert Adam.
The outer side of the archis lavishly ornamented with columns & friezes while the inner sidethat led to the Old Town is simpler.
Until the 19th century, the arch was backed by by the city gate & was surrounded by walls that were pulled down to allow the city to expand beyong the Old Town...
This majestic arch was built in 27 BC to commemorate 3 members of of the Sergius family who held important official duties in Pula.
One of the sights that Pula could offer visitors, it's a must seeing with your own eyes.
Let's have a closer look...
The Sergius Arch was built in 1 century BC by the order Salvia Sergi who wanted to honor in this way deceased members of her family (especially Sergius). It serves as a kind of an entrance to narrow streets of the Old Town. Its slim columns are made in Corynthium style. In the yellow colored building beside the arch lived James Joyce, author of "Ulisses".
The position of the arch, standing as it does at the edge of what once were the south-east city walls bears witness to high esteem in which the Sergius family was held, and to their power.
The name 'Golden Gate', as the arch is referred to by Pulistrians, originates from the so-called 'golden' city gate that once stood next to tha arch. The gate was demolished in 1826 and the arch continued to serve as one of the entrances into the town up until 1875.
The triumphal Sergio's arch was built shortly before Christ's birth, in Corinthian style.
Today, it gives expression to the central square, and shopping streets.
* Triumphal arch of Sergians (of Sergeius family) was built in 1st century B.C, also known as Golden Gate, was made in honor of 3 important members of Sergian family.