The Arch of Malborghetto is an Ancient Roman quadrifrons arch (that is, an arch with four pylons) located nineteen kilometres north of Rome on the via Flaminia. Today, because of reuse over the centuries, it is part of a mass of construction which appears to be a Medieval structure at first sight. Nevertheless, the core of the structure is datable to the first half of the fourth century. The original marble coating has been completely lost.Work out when and for how long to visit Arco di Malborghetto and other Rome attractions using our handy Rome driving holiday planner.
What today looks like an austere house was in fact a quadrifrons arch similar in appearance and scale to the so-called Arch of Janus in the Velabrum (actually named the Arch of the Divine Constantine), in Roman times. The arch's current name (House or Arch of Malborghetto) derives from the place where it is located, Malborghetto. It contains a museum and a branch of the Superintendency of Cultural Properties.
The arch's vault stood over the crossroads of two important roads, the Via Flaminia and the Via Veientana, interesting remains of which have been brought to light in the area around the monument.
The first official notice regarding the building dates to 1256 and is found in a deed of sale of the Orsini family, where it is mentioned as the site of a tiny village protected by a double wall. In the medieval period, perhaps the Eleventh century, the arch was transformed into a Greek-cross church through the closure of the four archways and the construction of an apse on the east side. The paved road running under the vault was diverted.
Arco di Malborghetto Reviews
The Arch of Malborghetto has recently been recognized as a commemorative arch built by the Emperor Constantine about 315 AD on the location of his final campsite prior to his defeat of the usurper... more »
Very interesting bit of history.
It is worthwhile to stop a little bit in this magical place beside the Via Flaminia near the junction for Sacrofano. It enjoys excellent but beautiful view and the sunsets are special The museum is worth a visit as the small archeological park. A place rich in history and permeated by ancient and powerful echoes!
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