The Clementin Arch is part of Luigi Vanvitelli’s project, commissioned by Pope Clement XII, to redesign and strengthen the port of Ancona. Modeled after triumphal arches with one passageway, the Arch is the gateway to the city from the port.
Meant to impress incoming ships, the side of the arch that faces towards the sea is made of bright Istrian stone, while the other side is made of bricks.
The Arch consists of two Doric columns on a pedestal; a lion protome stands on the keystone. Triglyphs and shells of St. James on the entablature are the hallmark of Vanvitelli’s work, who died before it was completed. Work was resumed by architect Filippo Marchionni, commissionned by Pope Benedict XIV to complete the new pier of the port of Ancona.
Reasons to visit:
- On the seaside
- One of the symbols of Ancona
- Near to the ancient Port
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