Milvian Bridge, Rome

Milvian Bridge, Rome

On this ancient bridge over the Tiber River in 312 CE, Constantine the Great defeated Maxentius to become the sole Roman emperor of the West. Blown up in 1849 and rebuilt the following year, the Milvian Bridge now carries only pedestrians across the river.

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
250052
Names
Milvian Bridge
Pons Milvius
Ponte Milvio
Coordinates
41.9355560° N, 12.4669440° E
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Aerial view of Milvian Bridge, Rome
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Aerial View

Aerial view of Milvian Bridge, Rome
Aerial view of Milvian Bridge, Rome. Click image for a larger, interactive view.

Timeline

109 BCE

The Roman censor Marcus Aemilius Scaurus builds the Pons Milvius (Milvian Bridge) to allow the Via Flaminia to cross the Tiber River.

63 BCE

Cicero captures emissaries on Milvian Bridge

108 CE

Pope Pius VII restores the Milvian Bridge, adding a triumphal arch at its entrance.

28 Oct 312

Battle of Milvian Bridge; Constantine converts to Christianity

1850

The Milvian Bridge is restored by Pope Pius IX.

Bibliography

  1. Barber, Annabel and Alta Macadam. Blue Guide Rome, 10th ed.. Blue Guides Limited of London, 2009, pp. 565-66.
  2. Claridge, Amanda. Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide, 2nd ed.. Oxford University Press, USA, 2010, p. 308.