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Porta San Paolo

The ancient Porta Ostienesis is one of the best-conserved gates in the circuit of the Aurelian Walls.

Provided with a double-arched entrance flanked by towers of semicircular plan, it was reinforced in the time of the Emperor Maxentius (306-312) with two converging walls and a counter-gate of two arches. Under Honorius, between 401 and 402, the two principal entrance passages were reduced to one and the towers heightened.

From here the Via Ostiense led directly to the harbour of Rome. An older stretch of the road, still visible in the vicinity of the Pyramid of Cestius, emerged from a small gate (posterula) in the Aurelian Walls; it was closed perhaps at the time of the changes made by Maxentius

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Other Monuments Nearby

Pyramid of Caius Cestius

Aurelian Walls

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