Arch of Drusus (Arco di Druso)

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This triumphal arch was previously an archway of Caracalla's aqueduct, that carried it over the Via Appia in direction of the Baths of Caracalla. The arch of Drusus was built in the years 211- 216 AD with the purpose of supporting the Antoninian aqueduct that supplied water to the Baths of Caracalla, along the via Appia.

Arch of Drusus (Arco di Druso) at Via di Porta San Sebastiano
The Arch of Drusus (Arco di Druso), just before the Porta S. Sebastiano was used later as the storm door of the safety courtyard of the ancient Porta Appia, the current Porta San Sebastiano. This internal courtyard, in addition to having a military function, was also the building of the Municipal Tax Office for the control of goods. The ruins were brought to light during the excavations in 1931.

Only the central of three openings survives; it is decorated with the yellow columns. Later, it was used as the double door in the complex fortified courtyard, built for the strengthening of the defense. The arch bears the name of Drusus, a son of emperor Tiberius.

Arch of Drusus (Arco di Druso)
Via di Porta San Sebastiano, 9 (Rione XIX - Celio, Municipio I, Regio I - Porta Capena)
00179, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Celio (Terme di Caracalla) (Roma centro)
Arch of Drusus (Arco di Druso) is Shown By "Map K Zone" As "92"

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