France: Orange - paulsmit
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’Roman triumphal arch in Orange.’

The Roman triumphal arch of Orange is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, together with the town's Roman theatre. In 2009 a black layer of soot and dust was removed from the arch and now its white limestone looks as good as new. Roman Orange was founded in 35 BC by veterans of the Second Augustan Legion and the reliefs on the arch celebrate two of their victories, one at sea and the other against the Gauls. Photo Paul Smit.