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Trajan’s Column

H6 Via dei Fori Imperiali @ 64, 70, 170 and routes to Piazza Venezia

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t Trajan’s Column topped with a statue of St Peter

This elegant marble column was inaugurated by Trajan in AD 113, and celebrates his two campaigns in Dacia (Romania) in AD 101–3 and AD 107–8. The column, base and pedestal are 40 m (131 ft) tall – precisely the same height as the spur of Quirinal Hill excavated to make room for Trajan’s Forum.

Spiralling up the column are minutely detailed scenes from the campaigns. The column is pierced with small windows to illuminate its ...

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