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Trajan's Column is a Roman triumphal column in Rome, Italy, that commemorates Roman emperor Trajan's victory in the Dacian Wars. It was probably constructed under the supervision of the architect Apollodorus of Damascus at the order of the Roman Senate. It is located in Trajan's Forum, built near the Quirinal Hill, north of the Roman Forum. Completed in AD 113, the freestanding column is most famous for its spiral bas relief, which artistically describes the epic wars between the Romans and Dacians . Its design has inspired numerous victory columns, both ancient and modern.The structure is about 30m in height, 35m including its large pedestal. The shaft is made from a series of 20 colossal Carrara marble drums, each weighing about 32 tons, with a diameter of 3.7m. The 190m frieze winds around the shaft 23 times. Inside the shaft, a spiral staircase of 185 steps provides access to a viewing platform at the top. The capital block of Trajan's Column weighs 53.3 tons, which had to be lifted to a height of c. 34m.
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  • This column is standing the test of time, it stands, not that tall but still strong and proud amongst a range of monuments and temples at the Roman Forum. This column is one of the less known, less gl...  more »
  • Inside the Roman Forum in the direction of the Capitol, you can see this one Majesty stand alone column di Foca. It is in wonderful setting here to the left of the Curia and at the forefront of Septimus Servus arc. It was consecrated in honour of the Byzantine Emperor Phocas 1. August 608.
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  • In the Roman Forum, near the Arch of the Septet severo under neck. Funeral monument dedicated to Emperor Phocas.
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  • Trajan's Column (Italian: Colonna Traiana, Latin: COLVMNA·TRAIANI) is a Roman triumphal column in Rome, Italy, that commemorates Roman emperor Trajan's victory in the Dacian Wars. It was probably constructed under the supervision of the architect Apollodorus of Damascus at the order of the Roman Senate. It is located in Trajan's Forum, built near the Quirinal Hill, north of the Roman Forum. Completed in AD 113, the freestanding column is most famous for its spiral bas relief, which artistically describes the epic wars between the Romans and Dacians (101–102 and 105–106). Its design has inspired numerous victory columns, both ancient and modern.
  • Brought from Egypt and carved with Trajan adventures this huge column is a masterpiece of ancient Roman art. Placed in a nice pedestrian area close to the forum you can have very nice views of Venezia Square. A must see together with the Trajan forum
  • It is one of the well preserved ancient roman ruin. It is based near the Colosseum and you can find it in front of altar of fatherland. This is perhaps one of the first comic in the history. It rapresents the war in Dacia, the actual Romania, held by the imparator Traiano. If you can see the pictures you can see a story, step by step you notice every moment of this military campaign. Really remarkable.
  • Trajan's Column (Italian: Colonna Traiana, Latin: COLVMNA·TRAIANI) is a Roman triumphal column in Rome, Italy, that commemorates Roman emperor Trajan's victory in the Dacian Wars. It was probably constructed under the supervision of the architect Apollodorus of Damascus at the order of the Roman Senate. It is located in Trajan's Forum, built near the Quirinal Hill, north of the Roman Forum. Completed in AD 113, the freestanding column is most famous for its spiral bas relief, which artistically describes the epic wars between the Romans and Dacians (101–102 and 105–106). Its design has inspired numerous victory columns, both ancient and modern. The structure is about 30 metres (98 feet) in height, 35 metres (115 feet) including its large pedestal. The shaft is made from a series of 20 colossal Carrara marble[a] drums, each weighing about 32 tons, with a diameter of 3.7 metres (12.1 feet). The 190-metre (620-foot) frieze winds around the shaft 23 times. Inside the shaft, a spiral staircase of 185 steps provides access to a viewing platform at the top. The capital block of Trajan's Column weighs 53.3 tons, which had to be lifted to a height of c. 34 metres (112 feet). Ancient coins indicate preliminary plans to top the column with a statue of a bird, probably an eagle, but after construction, a statue of Trajan was put in place; this statue disappeared in the Middle Ages. On December 4, 1587, the top was crowned by Pope Sixtus V with a bronze figure of St. Peter, which remains to this day.The column was originally flanked by two libraries, which may have contained Trajan's scroll-written despatches from his Roman-Dacian Wars. Filippo Coarelli suggests that such scrolls are the basis both of the column's design and its spiraling, sculpted narrative. The column shows 2,662 figures, and 155 scenes; Trajan himself appears on the column 58 times.
  • Really tall column depicting the expeditions of the Roman emperor of the II century AD, Marcus Ulpius Trajanus. Most notably, the one against the Dacians (current Romanians). It is amazing how well kept still is, thankfully.
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