Arco Etrusco, Perugia

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The Etruscan Arch or Arch of Augustus is one of seven gates in the Etruscan wall of Perugia. It was constructed in the second half of the 3rd century BC and was restored by Augustus in 40 BC after his victory in the Perusine War. Representing the best surviving and most monumental of the Etruscan city gates it opens on to the cardo maximus of the city, corresponding to the modern Ulisse Rocchi Road.The arch consists of an attractive facade with a single archway and two trapezoidal towers. Above the arch (in two concentric rows) there is an ornate frieze of metopes with round shields and triglyphs; above this is another arch between two pilasters.On the internal face it is possible to read the inscription Augusta Perusia, which was the name of the city after the reconstruction of 40 BC; on the external face the inscription Colonia Vibia is inscribed, testimony to the ius coloniae received from Emperor Trebonianus Gallus (251-253).The loggia on the left tower is an addition from the 16th century, while the fountain at the bottom of the same tower was completed in 1621.In front of the arch is Palazzo Gallenga Stuart, seat of the University for Foreigners Perugia.
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  • Symbol of the ancient PERVSIA, built by the Etruscans, more modified by the Romans, is a fundamental stop for those who visit Perugia.
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  • Considering its dating and the historical events that have involved central Italy over the centuries (millennia, in this case..), it is almost unbelievable the state of preservation of this splendid monument which, even today, represents one of the doors of access to the Old Town. To see
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  • An incredible and wonderful entrance arch. A majestic door for access to the old town. Being able to pass by in the car, to go to a parking lot, risks not to be noticed in its magnificence. You have to stop, look at him well and you remain fascinated by his grandeur.
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  • Imposing Arch and reviving the history of the time that was. Those who are passionate will remain impressed.
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  • The grandeur of the preservation and the architectural beauty
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  • Beautiful and in all its glory as recently restored
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  • Strikes back today for its grandeur and the overlap of different architectural achievements built in different periods in which it was developed.
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