Arco d'Augusto, Rimini
You are looking at the oldest remaining Roman Arch in the world. You are also looking at the very point where the 2 main roads in the Roman Empire met – the Via Flaminia (N-S) and Via Emilia (E-W). In fact it marks the end of the Via Flaminia originating in Rome. It was built in honour of Caesar Octavianus Augustus. The visible engravings on this fantastic monument state that the history of the monument dates back to 27 BC. Originally it was crowned by a parapet supporting a statue of the Emperor and it has several religious and political inscriptions. There are carvings representing the 4 main Roman Gods: Jove (father of the gods), Neptune (god of waters), Apollo (son of Jove and protector of health) and Minerva (protector of the ancient city then called Ariminum as well as the arts and trades of Rome).
The Arch has a single gate which is 9.92 m high and 8.45 m wide. The merlons, or saw-tooth fortifications, were added in the Middle Ages. The whole structure was restored in the 1700’s century by Tommaso Temanza (1705–89) a Venetian architect. The Arch was originally an intricate part of the stone walls surrounding the city. Unfortunately Mussolini has them torn down in the 1930’s. Sections are still visible around the old town.
The arch seems to be known, even by people who have never visited Italy, let alone Rimini. It has featured in many books and films showcasing Roman architecture and culture.
The Arch dates from 27BC and is the oldest of the remaining Roman Arches of Triumph across Europe. It is 17m tall and built of Istrian stone; and it was built on the express command of the Emperor Augustus.
In 1935, all the buildings around the Arch were demolished to enhance the degree of impressiveness the Arch presents to all who view it.
It is always recommended that you approach it on foot - facing away from the city you can see Jupiter and Apollo and facing in towards the city are Neptune and Rome.
You should note that the battlements are a medieval creation and probably date from the 10th Century.
The Corso d'Augusto has some of the highlights of the old town along it. On one end of this street, there's the famous Tiberio's Bridge - and on the other end the Augustus Arch, both are Rimini's oldest structures. The arch was completed in the year 27 B.C., a larger restauration took place in the 10th century, hence the dark bricks. It was inserted into the city walls as part of the city's defense until the city walls were destroyed during the fascist regime in the early 20th century. Since then, it is standing alone as one of Rimini's most famous monuments.
The Augustus Arch is seen on the left side of Rimini's coat of arms. It is the oldest remaining roman arch in the world.
The Arch of Augustus is the "honorary" town gate, built in 27 B.C. by order of the Roman Senate to commemorate the repairs of the main Italian street thanks to Octavian Augustus.
The Arch of Augustus is the oldest existing Roman arch in the world.
Situated at the point where Via Flaminia meets Via Emilia, l'Arco di Augusto is the oldest of the surviving Roman arches, dating from 27 BC, and built in honour of Caesar Octavianus Augustus. Here, via Flaminia, one ofe the ancient roads beginning from Rome, sees its end. That means if you start to walk from this monument and keep forward the right direction, in 2 or 3 days you'll arrive in Rome!!!
Situated at the point where Via Flaminia meets Via Emilia, Arco di Augusto is the oldest of the surviving Roman arches in Italy, dating from 27 BC, and built in honour of Caesar Octavianus Augustus. It once formed part of the stone-built city walls, the remains of which are still visible, but is now isolated because the adjacent structures were demolished in the 1930’s. The structure, which was originally topped by a parapet bearing a statue of the Emperor, is richly decorated with religious and political references. In fact, the divinities are represented by the round shields of
Jupiter, Apollo, Neptune and Rome.
Arco d'Augusto was sealed off for restoration when I was in Rimini so I could admire it only from a distance, but even then it seemed quite imposing!
Made also of Istrian limestone, it is older than the Tiberius Bridge. It was errected in 27 B.C. in honour of Augustus, and marks the end of the ancient Flaminian Way (Via Flaminia). Apparently it's the oldest surviving Roman archway! It was simply an urban gateway into the town and excavations showed that it was attached to the city walls. The dark brickwork was added much later, in the 10th c.
The Arch is one of the symbols of Rimini, it was included first in the city's seal and then in its coat of arms. The Tiberius Bridge is another symbol, and the two are situated each one at the opposite ends of Corso d'Augusto street.
Looks like an ancient gate into the city, from Roman times? An enjoyable few minutes for us on a Sunday morning, looks like a favourite meeting place too.