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Arch of Augustus at Aosta

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaCoordinates: 45°44′21.13″N 7°19′40.91″EThe Arch of Augustus, east facade: the four gables of the roof, shallowly inclined, are not visible.The Arch of Augustus (in French Arc d'Auguste) is a monument in the city of Aosta.In 25 BC, on the occasion of the Roman victory over the Salassi and was the work of Aulus Terentius Varro Murena.It is found on the axis of the decumanus maximus, a little distance from the Bourg Saint-Ours (quarter of the Collegiate Church of Saint Ursus) and from the eastern entrance of the city wall (the Porta Prætoria).Contents [hide]1Description2Quotation3Notes4External ResourcesDescription[edit]Constructed from conglomerate, the arch has a single vault, with a height to the keystone of 11.4 metres. Its span is a barrel vault, constituting an extension in width of a round arch.In the monument, various styles can be recognised: The ten engaged columns which decorate its facade and its sides culminate in Corinthian capitals, while the entablature, adorned with metopes and triglyphs, is of the Doric order.In the Medieval period, it came to be called Saint-Voût (French for "Holy Arch") from an image of Jesus which was located in the same place.During the twelfth century, the arch contained the home of a local noble family and in 1318 a small fortification was built on its inside, designed for a corps of crossbowmen. In 1716, because of the numerous leaks which were compromising the integrity of the monument, the attic that previously crowned the arch was replaced with a slate roof.The modern appearance is the result of the final intervention for restoration and consolidation which occurred in 1912 under the direction of Ernesto Schiaparelli.[1]The wooden crucifix displayed below the vault is a copy of the one which was placed there in 1449 as a votive offering against the flooding of the river Buthier, which flows a little to the east. The original crucifix is now held at the Museum of Aosta Cathedral's Treasures.Quotation[edit]I was fortunate in contemplating these beautiful passagesand the triumphal arch of Aostawhich has a unique vow to expressthat ways endure forever.— Stendhal[2]J'étais si heureux en contemplant ces beaux paysageset l'arc de triomphe d'Aosteque je n'avais qu'un vœu à formerc'était que cette vie durât toujours.Notes[edit]Jump up ^ P. Barocelli, "L'arco di Augusto ad Aosta: I restauri del 1912-1913", Rivista di Studi Liguri XLI-XLII (1975-1976) p. 283Jump up ^ Quotation reported on one of the ascents of the Bard Fort.External Resources[edit](French) The Arch of Augustus on the website of the Autonomous Region Aosta Valley

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