Porta Pinciana

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Porta Pinciana is a gate of the Aurelian Walls in Rome.

The name derives from the gens Pincia, who owned the eponymous hill (Pincian Hill). In ancient times it was also called Porta Turata ("Plugged Gate", for it was partially closed) and Porta Salaria vetus, as the oldest Via Salaria passed under it (the Via Salaria nova passed under the Porta Salaria).

The gate was built under the emperor Honorius in the early 5th century, by adapting a previous smaller service entrance. The two side passages are a modern addition. The gate remained closed until the early 20th century.

During the Middle Ages a legend told that the Roman general Belisarius, who here had defended Rome against the Ostrogoths in the siege of 537-538, had been seen here as a beggar.

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Coordinates: 41°54′34″N 12°29′18″E / 41.90944°N 12.48833°E / 41.90944; 12.48833