Triumphal Arch, Orange

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The Triumphal Arch of Orange is a triumphal arch located in the town of Orange, southeast France. There is debate about when the arch was built, but current research that accepts the inscription as evidence favours a date during the reign of Augustus . It was built on the former via Agrippa to honor the veterans of the Gallic Wars and Legio II Augusta. It was later reconstructed by emperor Tiberius to celebrate the victories of Germanicus over the German tribes in Rhineland. The arch contains an inscription dedicated to emperor Tiberius in AD 27. On the northern facade, the architrave and cornice have been cut back and a bronze inscription inserted, now lost; attempts at reconstructing its text from the placement of cramp holes for the projecting tines of its letters have not been successful. The arch is decorated with various reliefs of military themes, including naval battles, spoils of war and Romans battling Germanics and Gauls. A Roman foot soldier carrying the shield of Legio II Augusta is seen on the north front battle relief.
The arch was built into the town's walling during the Middle Ages to guard the northern entry points of the town. Architect Augustin Caristie studied the arch and carried out restoration work in the 1850s. The arch was originally constructed using large unmortared limestone blocks. It has three arches, the center one being larger than the flanking ones. The entire structure measures 19.57 meters long by 8.40 meters wide, standing to a height of 19.21 meters. Each façade has four semi-engaged Corinthian columns. The arch is the oldest surviving example of a design that was used later in Rome itself, for the Arch of Septimius Severus and the Arch of Constantine. The visible pocks or holes are supposedly left by practicing medieval crossbowmen with little appreciation for art or history.
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  • triumphal arch in Orange/France. Its nice place to spend romantic evening, just sit and relax near this monument or take night photos  more »
  • Came here right before Christmas, so we were able to walk around the Louvre and then see the Arch before heading to a Christmas Market. It was lovely and is in very good shape. Lots of people...  more »
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  • Everybody think it is only Eiffel Tower the most important place to visit when visit Paris. The Arc de Triomphe is something you must visit when in Paris and it is not less important than Eiffel tower in any way. I recommend you to buy your tickets online to avoid the long waiting lines. There is souvenir shop in inside the monument. At the top, enjoy the spectacular view of whole Paris including Eiffel Tower.
  • It is one of my favorite places to visit in Paris. First of all it has a beautiful architecture and secondly, you can go above it. You need to climb about 270 steps but the effort is a complete worth. The view of the Paris skyline is just incredible, especially how 8 different streets radiate from this monument and give city it's symmetrical organization. Most importantly you can get amazing view of the Eiffel tower.

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