Erected in 113 to immortalize the very successful Emperor Trajan. The carvings, all 600 feet long wind up the 125 foot hollow column, tell the story of the conquest and capture of the gold rich Romanian based Dacian people. On top is a statue of St Peter ( added in 1588 after the gold covered one of Trajan was lost). Hard to get up to closely with traffic bustling around it. Originally the column stood between two tall libraries (one Greek, one Latin) so you could see the engravings from their upper stories. Now, go to the Museum of Roman history, or to London's Victoria and Albert Museum to study the plaster replicas up close.
This incredible column is inscribed with a spiralling bas-relief which recounts the story of the Emperor Trajan's Dacian wars. Funnily, a statue of St. Peter was plunked atop it in the 16th Century. What I really enjoy about this column is its absolute giant grandeur, as well as the knowledge that you could actually climb up all the way inside it, were you to find the right person to let you in.
Trajan's Column is not just a monument towering over the streets around the Piazza Venezia, it's also a historic source. Trajan's exploits--his victories in the Dacian Wars and his conquests in Mesopotamia--are told in the reliefs along the column. Much of what is known about the Emperor Trajan comes from this work of art and architecture. Trajan's Column also represents the Roman Empire at its greatest extent geographically and at the apex of its power.
very close to the apartment, it is impressive
Located in the center of the piazza his column has intricate details and stands tall