Arch of Constantine, Rome Overview

Arch of Constantine is a massive arch located between the two most important attractions of Rome - the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was built to celebrate the triumph of Constantine I over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312 AD. Considered to be the largest Roman arch ever built, it is dedicated to Constantine who is considered to be one of the greatest Roman emperors that has won many battles and expanded the Roman empire.

The monument is known for its massive size that is 21 metres tall and 26 metres wide. It consists of three arches in total - one big arch in the middle and two smaller ones on either side of the bigger one. The structure is made from big blocks of marble whose quality has been appreciated for its durability through centuries. Several sculptures have been made on the walls of the building along with the written texts that glorify the great Constantine I. The location of this monument makes it one of the most visited and photographed in the city.

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History

The arch was built on the orders of the Roman Senate between 312 and 315 AD as a gratitude to Constantine I and commemorate his decade long reign. The route on which this arch is built has been covered by many rulers and emperors who have emerged victorious in wars and battles. It was considered a sign of triumph, of pride and of bravery. The arch has been renovated several times in the past, the main renovation took place in the 18th century.

Tips

  1. Do make sure you get a photograph at the most photographed monument in Rome.
  2. Visit the road that was used by the rulers after their victory.

How to Reach Arch of Constantine

Nearest Metro: Colosseo (line B)

Buses: 75, 85, 87, 175, 673, 810.

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