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Marina Gate

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Description

The gate is situated at the western limit of the city on the Via Marina. To the right are the massive ramparts erected for the Temple of Venus, while on the left are the luxurious houses of the Insula Occidentalis.

A steep paved ramp leads past the suburban baths to the gate's two archways built in opus incertum: the left-hand arch was for pedestrians and the right-hand one for animals and light carts.
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In the lower part of the gate can be seen the square blocks belonging to the old Samnite walls, dating from the 4th-2nd century BC.

Inside, the two roads, for carts and pedestrians, continue upwards, still clearly separated, under one large vault (pictured above).
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Abutting the gate are the remains of what was probably warehouses.
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