The most suggestive locations in Rome: in the shadow of the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine tells the triumph of Rome
The Arch of Constantine, built on the ancient Via Triumphalis, is considered the largest honorary arch still preserved. Located in the capital, a few steps from the Colosseum, it was not demolished mainly because Constantine was considered the first emperor in favour of the Christian religion. This monument, commissioned by the Senate, was dedicated to the emperor, who was regarded as a liberator of the city and bearer of peace, to pay homage to him because he was an efficient leader who defended the empire... but also to carry favour with him!
During the building of the arch, Emperor Constantine didn't choose Christianity as the official religion of the state; he actually supported freedom of worship in the Roman Empire, but he has never converted himself to the Christian religion, not even on his deathbed. The reliefs on the arch tell scenes of sacrifices offered to pagan gods who worshiped or the gods themselves. Overall, despite the historical importance, the Arch of Constantine is now considered the richest and most important museum of Roman sculpture.
This prestigious monument underwent several restorations and it was investigated since the end of the fifteenth century, and in 1733 it underwent integration works. Lorenzino de' Medici, in 1530, cut off some heads depicted by the reliefs just for fun and, for this reason, he was sent away, far from the city of Rome. Only during the eighteenth century, the heads were partially replenished. The arch was probably built in the years of the reign of Hadrian, and it subsequently underwent some changes during the Constantine period: the columns were moved to the outside, the attic was completely rebuilt and a Trajan frieze was put on the walls of the central arch. The only elements supposed to be original are is the Hadrian tondos.
A part of the structure derives from a triumphal arch, of ancient age, dedicated to Hadrian. During the Middle Ages, the arch took the name of "arco de Trasi" because it was on the road to the church built in honour of Saint Gregorio; the Frangipane family, transformed it into a big tower, annexing it to its fortified buildings located between the Palatine and the Colosseum. It was released only in 1804. The works of cleaning and isolation took place in 1832 as an enlargement of the Via di San Gregorio commissioned by Gregory XVI took place. That same street, during the Fascist period, was renamed Via dei Trionfi.
The arch is 21 metres height (including the attic), 25.70 metres large and 7.40 metres deep. The central archway has a width of 6.50 metres and a height of 11.45 metres. The pillars are made of marble, whereas the attic - made of masonry and cement - was covered by white marble blocks of different qualities reused by ancient monuments, as also numerous architectural elements and sculptures have been reused. The architectural structure is similar to the Arch of Septimius Severus in the Roman Forum, both concerning the arches and the decorative themes. An important inscription is situated in the centre of the two sides of the attic, and there is an inscription on it:
(LA) "IMP(eratori) · CAES(ari) · FL(avio) · CONSTANTINO · MAXIMO · P(io) · F(elici) · AVGUSTO · S(enatus) · P(opulus) · Q(ue) · R(omanus) · QVOD · INSTINCTV · DIVINITATIS · MENTIS · MAGNITVDINE · CVM · EXERCITV · SVO · TAM · DE · TYRANNO · QVAM · DE · OMNI · EIVS · FACTIONE · VNO · TEMPORE · IVSTIS · REM-PUBLICAM · VLTVS · EST · ARMIS · ARCVM · TRIVMPHIS · INSIGNEM · DICAVIT ·"
"To emperor Caesar Flavio Constantine Massimo, Pio, Felice Augusto, the Senate and the Roman people, since by divine inspiration and for the greatness of his spirit, with his army he claimed at once the State on and and on all his faction by the right weapons, they dedicated this famous arch for triumphs."
The sentence "instinctu divinitatis", translated "by divine inspiration", has been the subject of numerous discussions among scholars since the historian Eusebius of Caesarea attest the appearance of the cross occurred before the battle against Maxentius. Emperor Constantine, although he was not totally against to the monotheistic (Christian) religion - but instead considered it a possible ideological basis of imperial power - kept a certain distance from it.
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The strategic position of the Arch of Constantine offers the possibility to those who arrive in the Capital not only to enjoy this wonderful monument, but also to be able to enjoy a relaxing holiday in wonderful houses located near the historical centre, well connected to the rest of the city. There are houses and apartments furnished and rentable to tourists, with a rental contract that has a validity from a minimum of three days to a maximum of three consecutive months; in these structures, you will not find people living there, so you will not have the additional responsibility to take care of the main domestic duties, so as to leave the next guest a clean and welcoming home.
This option is the most advantageous and cheap since the apartments offer an excellent quality/price ratio; renting apartments, you will actually be able to save more money than staying in a hotel. Other important advantage of rental apartments are the privacy and autonomy you have always wanted: no more compulsory visits by maids, nor restrictive meal times; you will actually have a greater number of rooms than the simple hotel room, where you can spend your holidays in total freedom, and a kitchen where you can choose which dishes you prefer to enjoy and the most appropriate time to consume meals. Tourists who choose to live their holidays in rented apartments are constantly increasing, not surprising given the just listed advantages. In the capital, there are many museums, monuments and places of interest of incomparable beauty and charm that capture the attention of the "foreigner". Comfort Stay in Rome offers three apartments, each one with peculiar features located in a strategic place of the capital.
Comfort Stay Colosseum is an ancient and renovated apartment located in the centre of Rome, precisely in Via Baccina 45, not far from the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine. It is composed of an elegant and luminous living room equipped with a comfortable sofa, a large well-equipped kitchen where there is no lack of essential utensils, and a hob where to prepare your dishes, a wonderful room whose highlight is the very comfortable double-bed, a spacious desk and a wardrobe where to store your clothes, and a clean bathroom. Furthermore, essential services such as air conditioning, television, Wi-Fi and electrical appliances are not missing.
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