Arch of Constantine, Rome

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    Arch of Constantine

    by illumina Written Apr 21, 2006

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    This Arch, standing prominently next to the Colosseum, is a triumphal arch, erected c. 315 CE to commemorate the triumph of Constantine I after his victory over Maxentius in the battle at the Milvian Bridge in 312 CE.

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    by Mikebb Written Apr 11, 2006

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    Situated very close to the Coliseum on the west side is the Arch of Constantine which was built to honour the Emperor for his victory over his rival Maxentius at the battle of Milvian Bridge in AD 312. It is the most famous Roman triumphal arch.There is no entry fee as it is in the middle of a road.

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    by Gili_S Written Apr 9, 2006

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    This Arch is one of many arches around here but one of the most impressive and beautiful.
    Lost of interesting sculptures on it and as it near the crowded Colosseum it has a fence around to protect it from the massive tourism.

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    Arch of Constantine

    by fishandchips Written Jan 30, 2006

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    The Arch of Constantine was erected by the Senate in A.D. 315 to honor Constantine's defeat of the pagan Maxentius. The arch is full of pictures apparently all relating to victories of earlier rulers & lifted from other, memorials but nothing to do with Constantine himself!!

    Interestingly, Constantine converted to Christianity after a vision on the battlefield. This ended centuries of christian persecution and culminated in Rome becoming the centre of Christian religion (until an English king wanted a divorce etc).

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    by Jim_Eliason Written Oct 23, 2005

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    Just outside of the Coliseum is the Arch of Constantine which was erected in honor of Emperor Constantine, after battle to defeat Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge in 315 AD. This is one of the best preserved arches in Rome.

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    See the Arch of Constantine

    by no1birdlady Written Sep 6, 2005

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    Rome's greatest gift to the world of architecture was the arch. The greatest tribute to a victorious general was to build a triumphal arch. In Imperial Rome there were great processions passing through the arch. Generals rode in their chariots accompanied by their legions, all bearing spoils from their campaign.
    This arch was built on the Via Sacra at the edge of the forum. It is a patchwork of reliefs that seem to be scavenged from existing monuments. The Romans are known for doing this.
    The Arch of Titus is another arch nearby.

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    Arch of Constantine

    by Oana_bic Written Aug 11, 2005

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    It's unfortunate that this arch stands next to the Colosseum, as, naturally, anything in the vicinity of the Colosseum will be dwarfed by the comparison.
    Yet this is unfair with regard to the Arch of Constantine.
    It's one of the largest arches built by the Romans, is well preserved and features some very fine sculptures.
    Luckily its proximity to the Colosseum brings the idle wanderer over to find out what it is and be rewarded by what it offers.

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    Arch of Constantine

    by Julius_Caesar Written Feb 3, 2005

    This triumphal arch was dedicated in 315 A.D. to celebrate Constantine’s victory over his co-emperor, Maxentius. It bears statues of Dacian prisoners taken from Trajan’s Forum and reliefs of Marcus Aurelius, including one where he distributes bread to the poor. Inside the arch are reliefs of Trajan’s victory over the Dacians.

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    Arch Of Constantine

    by kentishgirl Updated Nov 1, 2004

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    The Arch Of Constantine stands proudly alongside the Colloseum, on this trip there were actually bars around it to protect it (im sure it was not like this in 97??).

    The arch was built to honour Constantine with his victory over Maxentius in AD312.

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    The Arch of Constantine

    by kazander Written Jun 30, 2004

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    The Arch of Constantine is located in the great square of the Colusseum. It was the last monument to be built here in 312AD.
    It was decorated with scuptures and reliefs taken from other monuments, of Trajan ,built in 98-117 AD, of Hadrian, built in 117-138 AD, and Macus Aurelius, built in 161-180 AD.

    The White building in the background is Il Vittoriano, built in 1925. It's nickname is "the Wedding Cake" Not everyone in Rome is a big fan of this elaborate Building

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    Arch of Constantine

    by Webboy Updated Feb 17, 2004

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    The Arch of Constantine sits between the Coliseum and the entrance to the Roman Forums.

    To our eyes, Arch of Constantine is yet another impressive Roman Structure that has you wondering how on earth they managed to create it. However, I have read that the Arch of Constantine apparently shows, and I quote "the deterioration of the arts during the late stages of the Roman Empire".

    Looking at it, you find this hard to believe, but the Arch of Constantine is apparently built using parts taken from other monuments and structures from around the city, because Rome was apparently running out of good sculptors who could come up with original ideas!

    It supposedly contains parts taken, for example, from the Forum of Trajan and a temple dedicated to Emporer hadrians lover!

    Neverthess, the Arch of Constantine is still impressive, and worth a walk around if you are in the area.

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    by tompt Written Jan 24, 2004

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    Arch of Constantine

    This arch is erected in 315AD in honour of Constantine, to celebrate the victory over Maxentius in the battle of Ponte Milvio (312 A.D.).

    It is the largest triumphal arch preserved in Rome (almost 25 meters). It is an example of the practice of stripping ancient monuments for materials to build new ones. There are original Constantinian elements, reused sculptures and architectural elements coming from monuments of Trajan, Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius. The arch was completed with precious pictorial and metal decorations. The dominating colours were gold and purple, the colours of the Empire. The arch itself was also victim of the stripping...

    In the middle ages it was transformed into a fortification tower by the monks of St. Gregory and later incorporated into the Frangipane fortress, the arch was restored several times and finally brought out into the open in 1804.

    It stands freely next to the Coloseum.

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    The Coliseum and the Arch of Constantine..

    by Kodi01 Updated Jun 26, 2003

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    The Coluseum is to the right of this picture of the Arch of Constantine.

    The Arch was erected in honor of the Emperor Constantine after the battle to defeat Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge in 315 AD.

    Rome was founded on April 21st, 753 B.C. by Romulus and Remus, the twins born from Vestal Virgin Rhea Silvia and God Mars.

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    Arch of Constantine

    by martin_nl Written May 22, 2003

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    Right next to the Colisseum is this magnificient looking arch of Constantine. In my opinion it is the most beautiful arch of Rome. There are so many little details that you can really spend some time by looking at all of them. The arch was built for Constantine by the Senate since he defeated his rival Maxentius in 312. Since there was little time to complete the immense structure the Senate reused parts of earlier monuments of the reigns of Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius and Trajan.
    After having defeated Maxentius, Constantine moved to Trier in Germany. Three years later he came back to Rome to celebrate his tenth anniversary of his ascent to power, and to inaugurate the arch.

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    Grandest Arch in Rome

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Arco di Costantino, viewed from the Coliseum

    If you go to the Colosseum, you can't miss the Arch of Constantine between you and the Palatine. This great memorial arch to the victories of Constantine the Great is a fitting complement to the ruined but still greatest amphitheater of ancient Roman still in existence. It disputes the right of most ornate memorial or triumphal arch with that of Septimius Severus in the Forum.

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