One of the gates of the 3rd century Aurelian Wall, approached from the south along Via Ostiense, the road from the ancient port of Ostia. Originally the gate had two archways. In the 4th century the towers were heightened and extended to an inner two-arched gate. Later the outer arches were replaced with the single one seen here.
In the 4th century the Basilica of St Paul was constructed further along the Via Ostiense and the gate became known as Porta San Paolo.
Just out of picture to the left is the Pyramid of Caius Cestius.  View from the south.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
 
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