Trajan's Column is worth a look. This stately column
commemorated Emperor Trajan's victory in Rome's wars with the Dacians in the
2nd century AD. The Dacians were a Germanic tribe that occupied
an area north of the Danube river in present-day Romania and their lands
were eventually subjugated by Trajan and made part of the Roman Empire.
The column was the central focus of Trajan’s Forum, remnants of which
can be seen to the southeast of Trajan's Column in the photograph below.
The column is hollow and its core
contains a spiral stairway to the top. The column's exterior is
inscribed with over 2000 scenes from the Dacian Wars, although most
are too small to be seen from ground level. Trajan’s statue atop the
column was eventually replaced by a statue of St. Peter, which
remains there today. Just to the right of Trajan's column are
the stone columns from part of Trajan's Forum, which is the newest
(early 2nd century AD) and largest of the Imperial Forums.
One of the highlights of Trajan's Forum is
The Market of Trajan (Mercati di Traiano) was relatively well preserved and has been excellently restored. In 2007 the Museo dei Fori
Forum Museum ) opened in one of the original buildings from the Market complex. The
museum is dedicated to the architecture of the Imperial Forums and contains
a number of outstanding pieces that were found in the Imperial Forums. The
buildings known as Trajan’s Market were so named because they were originally thought to be a market
complex. More recent research has asserted that the complex was a
If you are interested in
more details on the architecture of the Imperial Forums, you can see a
recreation (model) and other fascinating details at this website associated
University of Chicago .
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