Arch of Capera -Caparra, Oliva de Plasencia-, at Caceres.
Plata y alzado del Arco Romano de Caparra
Elevation and plan of the Roman arch of Caparra

 
Placed at the Silver Way, this arch was the physical crossing between kardo maximus and decumanus of the Roman city of Capera. Its place was perfect for a function of commemoration and propaganda: the greatness and superiority of Rome. It was built at the end of 1st century at Flavia age. It is the only monumental arch with these features -quadrifons- found in Spain.
 
It is 8,60 m. x 7,30 m. at its plan and 12,50 m. high in its original construction. It is composed by four pillars placed at the corner of a square. They are joined by four semicircular archs. The solution found for the intersection with the two perpendicular barrel vaults shows the good experience of Roman architects and quarry men. It is a groin vault in wich voussoirs and lines do perfectly fit. Archs on façades are decorated with a little archivault on their exterior side.
 
Each pillar is supported by a basement crowned by a cornice. At the northern and southern sides four bases were built -two at each façade- with a rectangular plan. There should have been equestrian statues. On one of them can be read athe inscription:
 
BOLOSEA. FID
PELL.F.MA
FIDIVS.MACE
TESTAMENTO.F.

In english:
To Bolosea, daughter of Pellius and to Fidius, son of Macrius, Marcus Fidius Macer, as a will.
 
Crown for the building -only inner concrete survives- should have been composed by an architrave, a frieze with cornice and a possible attic.
Bbuilding was made with well carved and finished ashlars, with an inner core of concrete.
 
Frequent researchs and studies of the whole city of Capera discovered temples, domus, comitia, one amphitheater and other buildings that show the outstanding position of this small city.
 
Arco de Caparra
View of the Arch
Arco de Caparra
Fit of the groin vault