Arch of Titus (Arco di Tito)

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Arch of Titus (Arco di Tito) in the Roman Forum/ Forum Romanum (Foro Romano) was erected by Domitian in honor of his father Vespasian and brother Titus, starting from 81 A.D. He wanted particularly celebrate their victories in the Judaean War and conquering of Jerusalem by Titus in 70 A.D. Thus this monument could be considered as an exceptional historical proof of the beginning of the "Jewish question". Tradition says that not even one Jew ever passed under the arch, unwilling to pay homage to those, who destroyed their temple.

Arch of Titus (Arco di Tito), located on the Via Sacra, Rome, just to the south-east of the Roman Forum
Decorated with Greek marble slabs, the monument has a single opening flanked by four semicolumns with capitals. Two very worn relieves represent Rome guiding the Imperial quadriga with Titus and Victory; and the other shows the triumphal procession bringing the spoils from Jerusalem. In the center of the panelled vault is the Apotheosis of Titus, who is mounting the eagle. The arch is 15m high and 13.5m large.

During the Middle Ages the arch was incorporated into the fortress of the Frangipane.

In 1821 G.Valadier was cleaned from the constructions which grew over and around it. It was one of the subjects of Pius VII's program in favor of the ancient monuments.

The Arch provides the only contemporary depiction of Temple period artifacts. The seven-branched menorah and trumpets are clearly depicted. It became a symbol of the Jewish diaspora. In a later era, Pope Paul IV made it the place of a yearly oath of submission. Roman Jews refused to walk under it. The menorah depicted on the Arch served as the model for the menorah used on the emblem of the state of Israel.

Arch of Titus (Arco di Tito)
via dei Fori Imperiali (via della Salara Vecchia)
Located on the Via Sacra, Rome, just to the south-east of the Roman Forum
00186 , Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Campitelli (Foro Romano- Campidoglio-P.Venezia) (Roma centro)/ Rione Celio (Terme di Caracalla) (Roma centro)
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Access to the Roman Forum: via dei Fori Imperiali (via della Salara Vecchia) and via di San Gregorio, the temple of Venere and Roma is next to the Arch of Titus. The ticket office is at the Arch of Titus.
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