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Arco di Giano, Rome

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  • July 27, 2017
    In the area of the so-called Arch of Janus Velabrum appears with all its grandeur of monuments, near other buildings of Roman and medieval, reflecting the importance of the area since archaic times. In fact, the area near the Tiber Ford has always lent to mercantile use, particularly as a cattle market. The arch, massive and square plan, has four faces moves by niches with columns but have lost almost completely the original decorations. The monument, finally the subject of deserved restoration, offers many interesting details that are not visible with a glance hastened, in particular observing carefully the bare marble used for lining. In the nearby church of San Giorgio is an inscription which probably originates from the arc, in time used as a gateway, shelter, medieval fortress.
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  • May 26, 2017
    On the occasion of the restoration still in progress of this Roman arch organise guided tours on scaffolding that will last all week. The evening light around the foro boario in a project of valorization of the area that will include major changes. The comments are useless: it's all wonderful and great emotional impact.
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  • May 22, 2017
    The attributes of the God Janus provide mirroring of double sided (the two faces together across back) and then the four doors. What for centuries had been called Arch of Janus as fronted arch because its four entrances led to the erroneous assignment to Janus, now not anymore. In fact the discovery, during the restoration in progress, of the inscription Cos on a block of the stairway to the attic gave unequivocal confirmation to what archaeologists suspected for a long time. According to the 4th century AD in the region XI Curiosum there had to be an honorary arch dedicated to Constantine by children: so it looks now tried. The monument consists of four piers with concrete core, covered with white marble slabs that support as many vaults. The pylons are decorated with small niches with a shell that had to be adorned with 24 statues. Only 24 because not all the niches were completed, but only the West and East side (for a total of 12 per side, on two superimposed orders of three niches each), because in the other two sides are fake. About the keys of the arches are carved representations of Roma, Juno, Minerva and Ceres (?). In the middle ages the arch was converted into a fortress by the Frangipane. The restoration, preservation and structural, will continue until the completion of the work.
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  • This arch is special for being four-sided and also since it is one of the old entry spots to the "Cloaca Maxima" (Great Sewer of ancient Rome, which still exists)
  • singular and most suggestive structure of late- Imperial rome
  • Old arch,not the most impressive in Rome
  • Good structure
  • about arch of janus The Arch of Janus in Rome is an ancient Roman monument which is exceptional for being the only remaining triumphal arch in the city to have four faces, a design feature known as Quadrifrons. Constructed in the early fourth century AD, the Arch of Janus was located at the periphery of the Forum Boarium, once Rome’s cattle market. Built of brick and marble, the arch has alcoves which would have originally contained statues and other decorative items, however these have not survived. Little is known about this arch and, despite its name, the Arch of Janus was probably built in honour of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. As such, it is often known as Arcus Constantini. As Constantine himself converted to Christianity after his victory in the civil wars, there is much debate as to whether such a triumphal arch would have been dedicated to a pagan deity by Constantine, further compelling the mystery surrounding this monument.

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