Arch of Titus, Rome
The Arch of Titus – or Arco di Tito, as it is known in Italian – is an arch from the 1st-century A.D. We hadn’t heard of it until we went to explore the Roman Forum, which is located to the north-west of the Arch of Titus. An emperor constructed it shortly after the death of his older brother, Titus, to honor Titus’ victories, including the Siege of Jerusalem (AD 70). The arch has provided a model for many triumphal arches erected since the 16th century. The most noteworthy if these – it was the inspiration for the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.
Here are the measures, to give you an idea of just how large this arch is. One thing is for sure, these pictures DO NOT depict just how big it is when you are standing nearby it! It is 15.4 meters (50 ft) in high, 13.5 meters (44 ft) in wide, and 4.75 meters (15.5 ft) deep. The inner archway is 8.3 (27ft) meters in high, and 5.36 (17.5 ft) in wide.
My favorite picture of the Arch of Titus was actually the one that we took while we were inside The Colosseum…
It was only once we had left The Colosseum that we were able to get closer to the Arch of Titus. I am sure that this structure, although magnificent, doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserves. It is, after all, standing in the shadow of the great Colosseum of Rome!
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