Interno della Porta S. Paolo (Book 1) (Map C4) (Day 5) (View C12)
In this small additional plate Vasi shows (left) Porta S. Paolo from inside Rome and (right, based on old drawings) Porta Portese which was pulled down by Urbanus VIII when he redesigned the walls of Trastevere.
Porta S. Paolo can now be called again Porta Trigemina (with three entrances) because the left entrance (closed in the plate) has been reopened. The inner gate is the original gate and it had two openings (left Via Laurentina right Via Ostiense).
The gates served also for taxation of goods and people entering or leaving Rome. Of the many customs houses built for this purpose only that of Porta S. Paolo has survived and has been recently repainted.
Porta Portese was located close to the river and was reinforced by two towers. It was pulled down by Urbanus VIII who chose to shorten the southern walls of Trastevere and moved the gate (Porta Portese nuova) some half a mile north.
Apparently nothing is left of the old walls, but looking around with
a bit of attention one can find a little stretch of the walls and parts
of a Villa built outside the old gate.
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