Trajan’s Column

Trajan's Column @ Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy, Europe

I wasn’t in any rush to go check out some dude’s pole but once it was in my face, I couldn’t look away.

Trajan’s Column was erected in celebration of the Roman victory over the Dacians. The victory only came after a long succession of epic wars, the story of which is carved into the face of the column spiraling upward. It’s pretty cool. Check it out if you’re in the area, but don’t make a special trip just to see it.

One thing I didn’t get– looking at the figure sitting atop the column, I couldn’t help but think…

“Since when is Trajan some bearded old guy? He’s always shown in his fabulous prime. That doesn’t look like Trajan.”

It’s not. On top is Saint Peter. Trajan’s ashes are stored in the bottom.
We spent a little bit of time walking around the area of Trajan’s Forum. The forum itself is just a bunch of foundations for buildings; not as impressive as the hypogem of the Colosseum so we didn’t spend much time in that direction.

Church of the Most Holy Name of Mary @ Palazzo Venezia, Rome, Italy, Europe
In Trajan’s shadow is the Church of the Most Holy Name of Mary, or Santissimo Nome di Maria al Foro Traiano. No idea what’s inside but the Baroque architecture was quite beautiful.

Church of the Most Holy Name of Mary @ Palazzo Venezia, Rome, Italy, Europe
We wandered around the area for a bit trying to find the Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini. We looked at maps. We wandered in circles. We laughed. We cried. We argued in the blistering heat of the Italian sun.

Streets of Palazzo Valentini @ Palazzo Venezia, Rome, Italy, Europe
We never did find it. Which is stupid, because it was literally attached to the Church of the Most Holy Name of Mary, just on the other side.

Via Quattro @ Palazzo Venezia, Rome, Italy, Europe
We did have an enjoyable walk up and down Via Quattro though.

Via Quattro @ Palazzo Valentini, Rome, Italy, Europe

Johnny

Pro-family and anti-drug, when he's not too busy living with four beautiful ladies, he likes long walks on the beach and poking dead things with sticks.

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