Located a short walk west of the Colosseum, this well-preserved monumental arch was erected (sometime soon after 315) to commemorate the victory of Constantine, the first Christian emperor, over his rival Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312. In general design, the Arch of Constantine imitates the century-earlier Arch of Septimius Severus (nearby in the Forum) - the quality of its sculptural decoration, however, betrays the slow degradation that Classical Roman sculpture had experienced in the 3rd century AD. Free to view.
A huge arch just outside the Colosseum, from where you can get great views of it too.
Another awesome thing to see by the forum and the colosseum. So detailed, and huge too!
WOOW !! For the people interested in The Holy Bible History, this is a place you cannot miss. Although it is right beside the Colosseum, but you cannot just disregard it. Loved the Drawings explaining the raid of the Romans on Jerusalem and the capture of prisoners and taking Holy spoils from the Tabernacle.
Pass by the Arch as you walk from the Colosseum to the Forum entrance. Take zoom photos of individual carvings and inscriptions to study later. This massive work of art is fascinating. Also get a good view from the top of the small rise as you walk into the Forum area- great for photos from this vantage point. It's mind-boggling to comtemplate the history of the Arch, the Colosseum next to it, and the Forum. Just fabulous.The dress-up gladiator guys want money if you so much as look at them.
The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch in Rome, situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was erected to commemorate Constantine's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312 AD. Dedicated in 315 AD, it is the latest of the extant triumphal arches in Rome, from which it differs by spolia, the extensive re-use of parts of earlier buildings.On top of each of the columns stand marble statues of Dacian from the times of Trajan, probably taken from the Forum of Trajan. From the same time date the two large (3 m high) panels decorating the attic on the small sides of the arch, showing scenes from the emperor's Dacian Wars. Together with the two reliefs on the inside of the central archway, they came from a large frieze celebrating the Dacian victory. The original place of this frieze was either the Forum of Trajan, as well, or the barracks of the emperor's horse guard on the Caelius.
I wandered past the Arco di Costantino quite by accident. Leaving my group in Il Colosseo in a rush to the Foro Romano to meet up with an Italian friend, I took a path directly passing this beautiful arch.Late and trying to find my way, I did not take in the fact that this monument was built way back in 315 for the Emperor Constantine, commemorating his victory over Roman Emperor Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge during the Roman civil wars.This is also a particular fond monument of mine because it was featured in a beautiful scene in one of my favorite films, La meglio gioventù. If you've seen it, it's the scene where Matteo and Mirella order some castagne.I had the opportunity to revisit on the way back, alongside my friend, to take in the majesty of this triumphal arch.