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Geometrical Elevation of the Porta Aurea and Octagon Towers.

Geometrical Elevation of the Porta Aurea and Octagon Towers
Geometrical Elevation of the Porta Aurea and Octagon Towers.

A. The principal Gate, divided from a Semicular Opening over it, by a flat Arch of a particular Construction, which remains perfectly entire.

B. 0ctagon Tower on the East Side of the Gate, showing the Outside Wall.

C. Otagon Tower on the west Side of the Gate, showing Part of the Infidel Wall, with the Doors from the Ground Story and Gallery above, and the Trufles for carrying the Timbers of the Floor and Roof.

This Gate is more ornamented than the other Gates of the Palace, it being the principal Entry to the Emperor's Apartment, and fronting the Porticus of the Vestibulum. The lower Niches on on each Side of the Gate, as well as the Arch over it, encroach too much upon the superior Order, and do not seem to add to the Beauty of the Building, either by their Form or Situation. It is not my Part to enquire into the Reafons that might induce Diocletian's Architect to make this Disposition, which appears to me much inferior to many other Parts of the Building.









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