Arch of Augustus (Aosta)
It is found on the axis of the decumanus maximus, a little distance from the Bourg Saint-Ours (quarter of the Collegiate Church of Saint Ursus) and from the eastern entrance of the city wall (the Porta Prætoria).
In the monument, various styles can be recognised: The ten engaged columns which decorate its facade and its sides culminate in Corinthian capitals, while the entablature, adorned with metopes and triglyphs, is of the Doric order.
During the twelfth century, the arch contained the home of a local noble family and in 1318 a small fortification was built on its inside, designed for a corps of crossbowmen. In 1716, because of the numerous leaks which were compromising the integrity of the monument, the attic that previously crowned the arch was replaced with a slate roof.
The wooden crucifix displayed below the vault is a copy of the one which was placed there in 1449 as a votive offering against the flooding of the river Buthier, which flows a little to the east. The original crucifix is now held at the Museum of Aosta Cathedral's Treasures.
I was fortunate in contemplating these beautiful passages
and the triumphal arch of Aosta
which has a unique vow to express
that ways endure forever.
J'étais si heureux en contemplant ces beaux paysages
et l'arc de triomphe d'Aoste
que je n'avais qu'un vœu à former
c'était que cette vie durât toujours.
- P. Barocelli, "L'arco di Augusto ad Aosta: I restauri del 1912-1913", Rivista di Studi Liguri XLI-XLII (1975-1976) p. 283
- Quotation reported on one of the ascents of the Bard Fort.
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