Arch of Germanicus

Saintes, France

The Arch of Germanicus is an ancient Roman arch in Saintes in France. It was built in 18 or 19 AD by a rich citizen of the town (then known as Mediolanum Santonum), C. Julius Rufus, and dedicated to the emperor Tiberius, his son Drusus Julius Caesar, and his adoptive son Germanicus. It has two bays and was originally sited over the terminus of the Roman road from Lyon to Saintes. On the proposal of Prosper Mérimée in 1843 it was moved fifteen metres during works on quays along the river, and it was restored in 1851.

15.9 metres long and 15 metres high, it is the best preserved Roman remains in the city of Saintes.



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Founded: 18-19 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in France
Historical period: Roman Gaul (France)

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Wigan Fan (4 months ago)
Nice place, great markets, fantastic history
Lesley McGee (9 months ago)
Beautiful place
Toni Dolan (10 months ago)
Saints is a wonderful city to visit. Gorgeous shopping and sights. Be aware though the restaurants mainly stop serving lunch around 2.30pm
Javier Fernandez (2 years ago)
Beautiful Roman Arch along the river. It’s a pity there’s not more on-site information on display about it’s history.
Diana Kyeola Majam (3 years ago)
Just sitting in front of the arch lookingbover the river and its vegetation brought me such peace. Trying to replay history and all the events that took place here. Nothing is more real than that.
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