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Triumphal Arch of Galerius

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Triumphal Arch of Galerius

Triumphal Arch of Galerius was built in 298 to 299 AD and dedicated to celebrating the victory of the tetrarch Galerius over the Sassanid Persians at the Battle of Satala. The structure was an eight-pillared gateway forming a triple arch that was built of a masonry core with a brick face and then with marble panels with sculptural relief. The central arch spanned the primary Roman road to Byzantium. Only the northwestern three of the eight pillars and parts of the masonry cores of the arches above survive.

Extensive restoration with modern bricks has been performed on the exposed masonry cores to protect the monument. The two pillars of the central arched passageway retain their sculpted marble slabs, which depict the wars of Galerius against the Persians. Located at the centre of the significant road axes of the city, the Arch of Galerius displayed the power of the emperor and embedded the arch with the fabric of 4th-century Thessaloniki.

Roman Emperor Galerius

The 4th-century Roman Emperor Galerius commissioned the Triumphal Arch as part of an imperial precinct linked to his Thessaloniki palace. Archaeologists have found substantial remains of the palace to the southwest.

Galerius (250 – 311) was emperor from 305 to 311. During his reign, he campaigned, against the Sassanid Empire and across the Danube against the Carpi. Although he was an opponent of Christianity, Galerius ended the Diocletianic Persecution when he issued an edict of toleration in 311.

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Triumphal Arch of Galerius

  • Title:              Triumphal Arch of Galerius
  • Date:              299 AD
  • Material:       Marble and Masonry
  • Culture:         Ancient Roman
  • Arched:          9.7 m wide; 12.5 m high
  • Location:        Intersection of Egnatia & Dimitriou Gounari Streets, Thessaloniki
  • City:                Thessaloniki, Greece

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