ARCH OF TRAJAN
The Arch of Trajan is one of the main landmarks in Ancona and one of its symbols, which has stood, between the sea and the city, throughout the centuries.
Attributed to architect Apollodorus of Damascus, it was built in 115 AD, and it was intended not as a gateway to the city, but rather as a monument in honor of Emperor Trajan, who contributed directly, out of his own pocket, to the city’s development. What makes this Arch unique are its more elegant proportions compared to other Roman arches and its proximity to the sea.
The Arch, which stands on a large podium in Conero limestone, is made of large blocks of Imetto marble imported from Greece. It features a single passageway, flanked by two Corinthian columns that support the attic, which bears a dedication to Trajan, his wife Plotina and his sister Marciana. Historians believe that the Arch once featured their statues, facing towards the city, and bronze statues of sea deities such as Mercury, Neptune and Palemon, facing towards the sea.
After more than twenty centuries, the Arch, which symbolizes the role of Ancona as gateway to the East, still stands imposing yet elegant, especially since it was restored in 2000, when a 19th century gate was removed, and proper lighting was installed to make it stand out even more.
Reasons to visit:
- A beloved landmark
- Beautiful sunsets
- A symbol of the city
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