Arco di Costantino

Monument & Heritage Check location

The Arco di Costantino (Arch of Constantine) is located along the Via Triumphalis, between the Colosseum and the Temple of Venus and Roma. It was erected in 315 AD to commemorate Constantine I’s victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge. The largest triumphal arch of Rome, it stands approximately 20 meters high, 25 meters wide and 7 meters deep.

Three portals, the central one 12 meters-high, punctuate the exceptional width of the arch, each flanked by partially engaged Corinthian columns. It was constructed with pieces of previous monuments, mainly from the earlier 1st and 2nd century CE made up of brick and marble and displays statues taken from the Trajan’s Forum and reliefs showing Marcus Aurelius distributing bread among the poor. In the central archway, there is one large panel of Trajan’s Dacian War in each wall and eight portrait busts.

Though a mix of several structures, the arch has sculptures made specifically for the monument, such as the frieze scenes showing the siege of Verona during one of Constantine’s military victories.

Contacts & Details

Via di San Gregorio 00186 Roma