The gate is one of the first examples of architectural recycling, in fact the two arches were not originally part of the city walls but belonged to an aqueduct that Emperor Claudius had built in 52 CE where Via Labincana and Via Prenestina met. Later, the two arches were incorporated into the city walls and were given the name Porta Prenestina. Only later did it become known as Porta Maggiore as a result of its proximity to the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Today the square in front of the gate has become a focal point of Roman traffic. Buses and trams stop here and the upper part of the gate is used as a railway bridge for trains on their way to and from Termini.
Attractions & Landmarks
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- Nearest Train: Piazza Di Porta Maggiore