When the ship approaches the port of Ancona, one can not but be enchanted by the imposing Arch of Trajan (Arco di Traiano) or otherwise the arch of triumph. It is a an archway erected in 115 BC and served as the main entrance to the city of Ancona. The arch was named after Emperor Trajan, for his contribution to the expansion of the port.

This marble Roman monument, of Corinthian style, is 18.5 meters high, 3 meters wide and its decoration consists mainly of representations and inscriptions. There were also 3 big bronze figures surrounding it, of Emperor Trajan, his wife and his sister, who were removed by the Saracens in 848 AD. 

Today, the arch of Trajan is the meeting place of the city and one of the best preserved Roman monuments of the region.

 

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