Etruscan Arch Perugia

The monumental arch in the Etruscan Walls of Perugia is sometimes referred to as the Etruscan Arch and sometimes as the Arch of Augustus. The Roman Emperor himself had his name engraved on the monument after his troops had defeated the Perugini.

Etruscan Arch Perugia

History and description

Etruscan Arch Perugia
Etruscan Arch

The Arco Etrusco was built in the third century B.C. and is located on the north side of Perugia.

On either side of the gate are two towers built on a trapezoid base.

The arch itself is round and the words AUGUSTA PERUSIA written on it were placed here by Emperor Augustus after the war in the year 40 BC, after the Roman troops defeated Perugia.

The other inscription adorning the arch, COLONIA VIBIA, is in memory of Vibio Treboniano Gallo, an emperor who gave Perugia the status of a colony.

The fountain at the left support pillar dates from the 17th century.

The loggia on the upper part dates from the Renaissance.

Etruscan Arch, Perugia

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