Monday, March 20, 2017

The Porta Praetoria of Citta di Aosta, milestone on the Via Francigena

Citta di Aosta (or Aosta City, capital of the region of Val D'Aosta) was built in the shape of rectangle 572 meters by 724 meters, with a large stone wall as a perimeter and  several ports of entrance.
Augustus Praetoria Salassorum was the original name the Emperor Augustus gave the Citta di Aosta.

One of the ports of entry and control was the Porta Praetoria of the city of Aosta.

The Porta Praetoria was  a point of control during the imperial times,  until the fall of the Western Empire in the mid-5th Century, but also during the entire period of the middle ages.

Some might consider that the Porta Praetoria is not a point of interest neither of Faith nor of Art, but I dare differ. I consider the entire Via Francigena a holy shrine, and the Porta Praetoria was a milestone for Christian Saints pilgrims and missionaries for centuries.

As you can witness in these pictures we took, the Porta Praetoria is magnificently well preserved.

Porta Praetoria was the east-side entrance to the city. It is the entrance you would use if coming from Rome.
Drawing of Francesco Corni of the original
rectangular layout of the City of Aosta,
marking the major landmarks.

A 3D model of the original Porta Praetoria sits
outside the Roman monument.

The full moon lights up the
Porta Praetoria, the same moon
that pilgrims have watched on
their way through this Porta on
their to Rome.

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