Arch of Janus (Arco di Giano)

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It was probably a honorary arch dedicated to emperor Constantine and built in the 4th century using the fragments from the other constructions. In the Middle Ages it was turned into a base of the fortified fortress by the Frangipani family.

Arch of Janus (Arco di Giano), Via del Velabro Arch of Janus (Arco di Giano) near church of San Giorgio al Velabro.
But in 1830 it was returned its original look, with the exception of the attic, which was destroyed by mistake, taken for a part of the fortress. Minerva and Ceres standing. Rome and Juno seated are depicted at the center of the external arcades. Fragments of a not very legible inscription coming from the top of the arch were transferred to the Church of San Giorgio al Velabro during the Middle Ages: they indicate that the arch was probably dedicated to the emperors Constantine or Constant the Second.

Arco di Giano is a four-faced arch (with four passages) that consists of four pillars with niches on their external faces holding statues. Every of the four sides of the arch had niches with 12 little statues of different divinities inside. It is located near the Church of San Giorgio al Velabro and the Arch of the Argentari (Silversmiths). The arch, erroneously known as the arch of Janus, is identified as the ancient Arch of the Constantine.

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Arch of Janus (Arco di Giano)
Via del Velabro, snc
00186 , Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Ripa (Circo Massimo - Bocca Verità - Aventino) (Roma centro)
Arch of Janus (Arco di Giano) is Shown By "Map K Zone" As "45"
Metro: B Circo Massimo
Bus: 23 - 44 - 81 - 95 - 160 - 170 - 280 - 628 - 715 - 716 - 780 - 781 - 204 fest.
Tram: 3

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