Arch of Titus
Visitors to the Roman Forum will have a chance to explore the magnificent Arch of Titus. This wonder of classical archaeology sits at the entrance to forum, on a small spur of Palatine Hill.
Erected in 81AD, just after the construction of the Colosseum, the Arch of Titus was named after the Emperor Titus. The impressive structure commemorates the sack of Jerusalem after the great Jewish revolt a decade earlier, and today is symbolic of the impressive feats of architecture and engineering of Ancient Rome.
The significance of the Arch of Titus
The Arch looks impressive from afar but up close, visitors will appreciate the remarkable reliefs engraved upon it. These reliefs detail scenes from the sack of Jerusalem, including triumphal images of battle and spoils taken from the Temple of Jerusalem.
In subsequent centuries, the Arch of Titus has been the model for many triumphalist arches around the world. Similar structures include the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, India Gate in New Delhi and the Fusiliers’ Arch in Dublin.
Sights near the Arch of Titus
Visitors at the Arch of Titus can also take the opportunity to explore the surrounding sights of the Roman Forum, once the centre of government in the Roman Empire. These attractions include another triumphal Arch built over a century later, the Arch of Septimus Severus, as well as several temples. Nearby, next to the Colosseum, another triumphal arch is worth exploring, the Arch of Constantine. This is built comparatively later, at the beginning of the 4th century.