Arch of the Sergii

Pula, Croatia

Arch of the Sergii is an Ancient Roman triumphal arch located in Pula, Croatia. The arch commemorates three brothers of the Sergii family, specifically Lucius Sergius Lepidus, a tribune serving in the twenty-ninth legion that participated in the Battle of Actium and disbanded in 27 BC . This suggests an approximate date of construction to 29-27 BC. The arch stood behind the original naval gate of the early Roman colony. The Sergii were a powerful family of officials in the colony and retained their power for centuries.

The honorary triumphal arch, originally a city gate, was erected as a symbol of the victory at Actium. As the main inscription proclaims, it was paid for by the wife of Lepidus, Salvia Postuma Sergia, sister of the three brothers. Both of their names are carved in the stone along with Lucius Sergius and Gaius Sergius, the honoree's father and uncle respectively. In its original form, statues of the two elders flanked Lepidus on both sides on the top of the arch. On either side of the inscription, a frieze depicts cupids, garlands and bucrania.

This small arch with pairs of crenelated Corinthian columns and winged victories in the spandrels, was built on the facade of a gate (Porta Aurea) in the walls, so the part, visible from the town-side, was decorated. The decoration is late hellenistic, with major Asia Minor influences. The low relief on the frieze represents a scene with a war chariot drawn by horses.

This arch has attracted the attention of many artists, like Michelangelo.



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Founded: 29-27 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Croatia

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Dušan Pavlović (2 years ago)
A monument of old, still standing today. In a way it still serves as a gate, separating a more modern Pula from the rustic center filled with shops, stores and restaurants. The road leads straight towards the temple plaza and Arena.
Leandro Bigarella (2 years ago)
Very interesting and historical monument! For those who still wonder what the Roman Empire felt like, you should spend some minutes looking at it. Really inspiring and intriguing!
Tapas Mishra (2 years ago)
It is an arch on the street - a historical monument that is open 24 hours every day. Lots of detailed work on the arch is still visible.
Amanda Phipps (2 years ago)
We went on a walking tour with Stefano through Trip Advisor - highly recommended. He was very knowledgeable & easy going - we weren't rushed & learnt a lot on our walk even though it was 32 degrees! Fabulous sunset. Lovely city to visit.
Darek Nowak (2 years ago)
The honorary triumphal arch from 27 BC, originally a city gate, was erected as a symbol of the victory at Actium (31BC, Octavian vs. Antony+Cleopatra). Well preserved!
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