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  AURELIAN WALLS
AURELIAN WALLS
Image 1: A stretch of the Aurelian Walls near Porta Pia
The Aurelian Walls were built from 271 by Emperor Aurelian to defend the city from barbarian attacks; works were finished during the reign of Probus. The city had been grown well beyond the Servian Wall, and was left defenceless since the end of the Republican age.
The city walls, which still remain well preserved especially on the left bank of the Tiber river, were a wall made of bricks, six metres high and 3,5 metre thick; a square tower was placed every 100 feet. Nowadays the course of the walls is interrupted at the end of the Viale del Campo Boario, while in the past it continued to the north, parallel to the river, for about one kilometre, then crossed to the opposite bank, where it enclosed a triangular area starting from Porta Portuensis (porta Portuense) and ending at Porta Flaminia (also known as Porta del Popolo).
The walls have been restored several times, the first time during the reign of Maxentius, and somewhat later during the reigns of Honorius and Arcadius who doubled the height of the walls for protecting the city from Goths attacks. Further restoration works were carried out by Belisarius and other Popes.
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