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The gate of Augustus: photo description (Porte d'auguste)

The gate of Augustus - one of the many surviving monuments of Roman architecture in the French city of Nimes, Languedoc - Roussillon, South France.

Previously this building was part of the city wall that surrounded the Roman Fort. The gate, built in the first century before Christ, served as the main entrance to the city and had a different name - the "Gate to Arelat", referring to another important Roman cultural and administrative center, now known as Arles. Through this gate passed the famous Domiziana road, carried out in Gaul. It connected the capital of the Roman Empire with its colonies in the far Spain.

The gates consist of four semicircular arches on the center building has two large arches through which could pass a loaded wagon and chariot. The side arches are much smaller, they were designed for pedestrians. It was also established that early gates logically culminated in two semicircular towers, which, unfortunately, has not survived.

Current location of the gate August to Eastern part of the old town of Nimes. Since 1840, this monument was designated a historical monument of France.

It is worth noting that Nimes has preserved the greatest number of monuments of ancient Roman architecture. In addition to the gates Aug here is to see the amphitheater 60 BC, the temple of Diana II century ad, another, more ancient Church. And the pearl of architecture of that time - the famous aqueduct Pont du Gard, located 22 kilometers from the city.