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Porta Pinciana, Rome

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Porta Pinciana is a gate of the Aurelian Walls in Rome.

The name derives from the gens Pincia, who owned the eponymous hill (Pincian Hill). In ancient times it was also called Porta Turata ("Plugged Gate", for it was partially closed) and Porta Salaria vetus, as the oldest Via Salaria passed under it (the Via Salaria nova passed under the Porta Salaria).

The gate was built under the emperor Honorius in the early 5th century, by adapting a previous smaller service entrance. The two side passages are a modern addition. The gate remained closed until the early 20th century.

During the Middle Ages a legend told that the Byzantine general Belisarius, who here had defended Rome against the Ostrogoths in the siege of 537-538, had been seen here as a beggar.
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  • This Aurelian wall gate, which was closed in 1808 and after the city had expanded was restored and reopened in 1887. Emperor Honorius erected the twin towers in 403, which proved moot as the Goths...  more »
  • Very interesting to look at, however, there is no information available at the site. It would be helpful if there was a plaque placed there informing visitors of its historical value.  more »
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  • Very nice place to spend a couple of hours
  • Just a wall and gate in middle of the street. Edge of borghese park. many brick layers visable, so interesting. (Is white gate 3-4 century ad and the wall 2nd c ine source, or wikupedia says 5th century...?)

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