Arc de Germanicus, Saintes

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The Arch of Germanicus is an ancient Roman arch in Saintes, Charente-Maritime in France. It was built in 18 or 19 by a rich citizen of the town (then known as Mediolanum Santonum), C. Julius Rufus, and dedicated to the emperor Tiberius, his son Drusus Julius Caesar, and his adoptive son Germanicus. It has two bays and was originally sited over the terminus of the Roman road from Lyon to Saintes. On the proposal of Prosper Mérimée in 1843 it was moved fifteen metres during works on quays along the river, and it was restored in 1851.InscriptionDedicationRight next to Paule's place, you can find this very impressive Roman Arch. The dedicatory inscription on the attic (CIL XIII, 1036 = Inscriptions Latines des Trois Gaules, 148) is heavily worn in the area naming the emperor Tiberius and is son Drusus. The dedication to his nephew and adoptive son, Germanicus, is better preserved and not only allows the arch to be dated to 18 or 19 but also gives it its usual name: GERMANICO R TI(berii) AUG(usti) F(ilio) DIVI AUG(usti) NEP(oti) DIVI IULI PRONEP(oti) RI FLAM(ini) AUGUST(ali) CO(n)S(uli) II IMP(eratori) II To Germanicus Caesar, son of Tiberius Augustus, grandson of the deified Augustus, great-grandson of the deified Julius, augur, flamen, augustales, consul for the second time, hailed imperator for the second time.
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  • I guess from a tourist perspective it's an interesting monument. Perched on the edge of the Cherante river in a tranquil setting, it really stands out. It's history traces back to the 18 or 19 AD...  more »
  • When you look at the stonework it is amazing to think these stones have survived so long. Easy imagine the Romans passing by in each arch carrying out their daily lives.  more »
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  • Great spot to spend a day. Many nice cafes and restaurants. A lovely park and ancient ruins.
  • Saintes is full of history .interesting gothic medival building A great town well worth a visit
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