All that remains now of the former splendid edifice is the famous archway. Latest scientific investigations clearly prove that it was originally erected as a quadrifrons (Greek tetrapylon), a monument with pillars and four archways, which was built from 354 to 361 AD as a triumphal arch in honour of Emperor Constantius II and which rose protectively over the statue of the Emperor.
The name â€˜Heidentorâ€™ dates from the Middle Ages when the archway was thought to have been erected by non-Christians and was therefore called â€˜heydnisch Torâ€™ (heathen gate).
Category Archive 'Heidentor'
16 Jul 2012