Arch of Gavi, Verona

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published on 31 March 2014

The arch known as the Arco dei Gavi, Verona, Italy. Set up in the 1st century CE the arch glorfied the powerful Gavi family. Typically, arches commemorated military triumphs and statesmen but this is a rare example of such a structure commemorating a private family. Situated to mark the beginning of the Via Sacra, the arch once had family statues in its niches, the inscriptions of which remain. There is also an inscription: 'Lucius Vitruvius Libertus Architectus' which indicates the architect who constructed it. The arch was entirely dismantled in 1805 CE when Napolean considered that it blocked military traffic but was restored in 1932 CE.



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