SEE THIS REMARKABLE AND UNMISSABLE SITE
Another testimony to Roman grandeur in Orange, the Triumphal Arch, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This urban arch of impressive dimensions, measuring over 19m in length and 20m in height, served as the gateway to the Roman city of Arausio in the 1st century AD.
Constructed under Tiberius as a tribute to the veterans of Caesar’s 2nd Gallic Legion, founders of the city, it is an exceptional monument typical of Roman art.
Consisting of three bays and a double attic, it is decorated with a rich array of weapons panels commemorating the victories of the Roman army over the barbarian peoples: shields, helmets, ensigns as well as exceptional sea-related characteristics testifying to the supremacy of Rome!
In the 12th and 13th centuries, the Triumphal Arch was transformed into a fortress, like other monuments in the city
and its restoration began in 1820 under the orders of the architect Auguste Caristie. This made it possible in particular to remove the buttresses and the various medieval additions, revealing this exceptional example of Roman art before the astonished eyes of the inhabitants!
Discover the historical and educational route.