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Arch of Constantine

Another one of my ‘must see’ hidden secrets of Europe lies next to the Colosseum in Rome. Its the Arch of Constantine. While at the Colosseum take the time to walk around the Arch and view the reliefs and commemorative inscriptions which were carved on blocks of marble in AD 315. They tell a story of a great conquest in Roman history that honours Emperor Constantine and his armies for the victory he lead over the tyrant Maxentius.

Old Maxentius might have been a despot but history tells us Emperor Constantine wasn’t much better. He killed his eldest son and then had his wife killed to improve his political position.

Back in those days it was the soldiers that held the vast Roman empire together. On returning home after victories they would march to the sounds of trumpets and lead by their generals through victory gates and triumphal arches.

These arches represented great symbols of power and dominance by the Romans. They were remarkable engineering feats of their times, they were the forerunner of the great Roman viaducts and bridges that can be seen across Europe today and were considered the ancestors of modern architecture.

The arch is the largest and one of only three triumphal arches still standing. So go visit, It’s not boring and your going to the Colosseum next door anyhow, right. Easy transport options, Metro station is Colosseo, line B. Or buses 75, 85, 175 or simply walk.

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