Triumphal Arch, Orange

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The Triumphal Arch of Orange is a triumphal arch located in the town of Orange, southeast France. There is debate about when the arch was built, but current research that accepts the inscription as evidence favours a date during the reign of Augustus . It was built on the former via Agrippa to honor the veterans of the Gallic Wars and Legio II Augusta. It was later reconstructed by emperor Tiberius to celebrate the victories of Germanicus over the German tribes in Rhineland. The arch contains an inscription dedicated to emperor Tiberius in AD 27. On the northern facade, the architrave and cornice have been cut back and a bronze inscription inserted, now lost; attempts at reconstructing its text from the placement of cramp holes for the projecting tines of its letters have not been successful. The arch is decorated with various reliefs of military themes, including naval battles, spoils of war and Romans battling Germanics and Gauls. A Roman foot soldier carrying the shield of Legio II Augusta is seen on the north front battle relief.
The arch was built into the town's walling during the Middle Ages to guard the northern entry points of the town. Architect Augustin Caristie studied the arch and carried out restoration work in the 1850s. The arch was originally constructed using large unmortared limestone blocks. It has three arches, the center one being larger than the flanking ones. The entire structure measures 19.57 meters long by 8.40 meters wide, standing to a height of 19.21 meters. Each façade has four semi-engaged Corinthian columns. The arch is the oldest surviving example of a design that was used later in Rome itself, for the Arch of Septimius Severus and the Arch of Constantine. The visible pocks or holes are supposedly left by practicing medieval crossbowmen with little appreciation for art or history.
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  • Not sure how long the scaffolding has been up but based on recent reviews it hasn't been long. So if you want to see it you will have to wait  more »
  • triumphal arch in Orange/France. Its nice place to spend romantic evening, just sit and relax near this monument or take night photos  more »
  • Came here right before Christmas, so we were able to walk around the Louvre and then see the Arch before heading to a Christmas Market. It was lovely and is in very good shape. Lots of people...  more »
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  • Everybody think it is only Eiffel Tower the most important place to visit when visit Paris. The Arc de Triomphe is something you must visit when in Paris and it is not less important than Eiffel tower in any way. I recommend you to buy your tickets online to avoid the long waiting lines. There is souvenir shop in inside the monument. At the top, enjoy the spectacular view of whole Paris including Eiffel Tower.
  • It is one of my favorite places to visit in Paris. First of all it has a beautiful architecture and secondly, you can go above it. You need to climb about 270 steps but the effort is a complete worth. The view of the Paris skyline is just incredible, especially how 8 different streets radiate from this monument and give city it's symmetrical organization. Most importantly you can get amazing view of the Eiffel tower.
  • One of the essential places you must visit while in Paris. There is so much rich history behind this seemingly simple arch. You've got the opportunity to go up top of the arc and see all of the Parisian city around you. There are also plenty of shopping attractions around the area, and there's a metro stop that comes out right next to the arc. One caution you should take is when crossing the road, as it's pretty busy with plenty of cars.
  • The Arc de Triomphe is something you must visit when in Paris. In order to enter, you have to go through an underground tunnel. Buy your tickets ahead of time to pass through the line. At the top you'll find some of the most spectacular views in Paris. Not much complicated about this. Just go and appreciate this awesome structure!
  • This is a must see location. From the top of the Arc you can see the entire city in all 360 degrees and it's absolutely amazing. This is likely the best place to see Paris as a landscape. Also, if you have a museum pass it works as your entry fee so you don't have to pay separately. To get there you have to go underground through the tunnel so don't try to cross the street of the traffic circle it's way too dangerous.

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