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This category will hold a collection of freestanding arches, both gateway arches and triumphal arches, ancient and modern. As the category grows, the hope is to show how such a simple shape has grown and changed over the ages, and how different regions of the world symbolically interpret this structural form.
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The freestanding arch has long been used as a symbol for countries around the world and you will find that these arches often fall into two categories: gateway or triumphal.

A freestanding "gateway arch" is a symbol of the passing from one realm into the next, both in a physical and spiritual sense. The Japanese Torii (shown below) would be a symbol of passing from everyday life into a sacred space.

The triumphal arch dates from Roman times. This arch is a symbol celebrating victory in war, or the leader of such a victory. Its form is also often used as a memorial to fallen soldiers of a war such as the U.S. Civil War Memorial from Hartford, Connecticut shown below.

Your charge is to find and waymark the freestanding arches of the world, gateway or triumphal, ancient or modern. No backyard or garden trellis arches will be accepted. Arches over highways and roadways will be considered on a case by case basis.

Instructions for Posting a Freestanding Arches Waymark:
Please provide the coordinates as well as a photo of the arch. More photos are appreciated to show details of the arch, which can truly be works of art. Also, please fill out the variables below to the best of your ability.

Please name your waymark: Name - City and State.

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To help give a different perspective and to better this waymark listing for future visitors please tell us about your visit and upload a favorite photograph you took of the arch. Although visiting this waymark in person is the only thing required of you to receive credit for your visit, taking the time to add this information is greatly appreciated.
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Freestanding ArchesThe Danish Cemetery Arch - Junction City, OR

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A cemetery arch at The Danish Cemetery contains a plaque dedicated to the Danish settlers who immigrated here in the early 1900s.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff

location: Oregon

date approved: 05/07/2018

last visited: never

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Freestanding ArchesTaft Historic District Entrance Arch - Lincoln City, OR

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The town of Taft, Oregon, was established in 1906 and was a thriving resort town for many years. In 1965 it jointly merged with four other small communities under the current name of Lincoln City. This historic district is still an attraction.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill

location: Oregon

date approved: 10/23/2011

last visited: 09/07/2013

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