The Arch of Constantine is found in the immediate vicinity of the Coliseum; indeed, it seems to mark the boundary between the Roman Forum and the area of the Coliseum. It is about 25 meters tall and is one of the most complete monuments of ancient Rome and certainly the most grandiose of the three surviving triumphal arches in the city. Experts consider it a veritable museum of Roman sculpture, especially given the fact that it is composed of elements originally from other monuments, many of which are from diverse time periods.
Indeed, the foundations of the arch, and some of its lower parts, date to the time of the Emperor Hadrian, between 117 and 138 AD. Constantine took over the structure, in 315, when the Senate decided to commemorate his victory over Maxentius, and hastily built the upper part of the arch. Some of the upper panels were taken from other monuments as well, and there are representations of Marcus Aurelius that date to the reign of Commodus. Besides the arch, the Marcello Theater, the monument of Vittorio Emanuele II and the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere are also worth visiting.
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