The gates of the Roman town

Porte Auguste and Porte de France are the only gates of the Augustan enclosure remaining visible, ...

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The gates of the Roman town

Porte Auguste and Porte de France are the only gates of the Augustan enclosure remaining visible, dating from 16-15BC.

Porte Auguste (or Porte d’Arles) was one of the main gates of the ancient town. Coming from Beaucaire, the Via Domitia crossed the town via this gate to continue towards Spain. Porte Auguste is today made up of two central arcades, intended for vehicles to pass through, with two smaller side arcades for pedestrians. Originally, the fortified gate was flanked by two towers. Their positions are indicated by floor pavings. The gate is decorated with Corinthian pilasters, niches and with bull motifs.

Porte de France (or Porte d’Espagne). It has a single arcade with semi-circular arches topped with a blind gallery decorated with Tuscan pilasters. In ancient times, it was flanked by two semi-circular towers.