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Trajan’s Markets

Fora and Trajan's Column and Markets
  • Giorni Feriali

The area known as the Markets of Trajan, one of the wonders of the classical world, was built in the first years of the II century AD and became an integral part of the monumental groups of buildings which made up the Forum of Trajan. Imagine it in all its glory when its 150 shops sold the rarest of treasures from the far reaches of the Roman Empire.

The Emperor Trajan ordered his architect, Apollodorus of Damascus, to construct this avant-garde complex to serve for official ceremonies and administrative offices in addition to shops and workshops. Part of these ancient buildings is now occupied by the Museo dei Fori Imperiali, which traces the history of the Imperial Fora and preserves finds from them.