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Augusta Emerita: Arch of Trajan


Augusta Emerita: Roman city in western Spain, modern Mérida, capital of the province of Lusitania.
 
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The monument that is known as the Arch of Trajan in Augusta Emerita was probably not dedicated to this emperor at all. Situated on the cardo maximus, the main road from north to south, between the Civic Forum and the Provincial Forum, this monument probably marked the boundary between the two squares.

The structure, which rises fifteen meters high, was made of large blocks of granite that were once covered with marble.

The site of the Arch of Trajan can be seen on this satellite photo.

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