Roma - Santissimo Nome di Maria al Foro Traiano Church and Trajanís Column
The Church of the Most Holy Name of Mary at the Trajan Forum (Italian: Santissimo Nome di Maria al Foro Traiano, is a Roman Catholic church in Rome, Italy. This church should not be confused with the church Santissimo Nome di Maria in Via Latina in south-east Rome. The pale marble church stands in front of the Column of Trajan, a few dozen steps from the similarly domed, but externally more colorful, church of Santa Maria di Loreto.
The feast of the Holy Name of Mary was instituted by Pope Innocent XI after the victory of the Austrian-Polish armies under the command of John III Sobieski over the Turks at the Battle of Vienna in 1683. Abbot Giuseppe Bianchi instituted devotion to the most holy name of Mary in 1685 at Santo Stefano del Cacco, and soon afterwards established the Congregation of the Most Holy Name of Mary, which was formally approved in 1688.
In 1694, the congregation moved to San Bernardo a Colonna Traiani, but the next year, realizing that they needed to build a new church, they acquired the adjacent plot and had Santissimo Nome di Maria built by the Frenchman Antoine Derizet (1736-1741). In 1748, seven years later, San Bernardo was demolished, but the icon of Mary had been transferred from it to the new church in 1741. Once a year, it is carried in solemn procession from the site of San Bernardo to its present place above the high altar of Santissimo Nome di Maria.
The interior is elliptical. There are seven small chapels, decorated in polychrome marble.
Trajan's Column (Italian: Colonna Traiana) 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 (101Ė102 and 105Ė106). Its design has inspired numerous victory columns, both ancient and modern.
The structure is about 30 metres (98 ft) in height, 35 metres (125 ft) 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 3.7 metres (11 ft). The 190-metre (625 ft) frieze winds around the shaft 23 times. Inside the shaft, a spiral staircase of 185 stairs 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 m.
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 interior of Trajan's Column is hollow: entered by a small doorway at one side of the base, a spiral stair of 185 steps gives access to the platform above, having offered the visitor in antiquity a view over the surrounding Trajan's forum; 43 window slits illuminate the ascent
Located immediately next to the large Basilica Ulpia, it had to be constructed sufficiently tall in order to function as a vantage point and to maintain its own visual impact on the forum.
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dkmurphys (42493) 2013-09-28 3:31
Very attractive capture with this iconic image of Rome. Love it.
Have a fine weekend.
snunney (72716) 2013-09-28 4:42
Superb composition featuring this lovely ensemble of architecture. I also like very much the moody lighting. Excellent rendering of the colours and detail.
sandpiper (6560) 2013-09-28 5:18
Excellent POV and composition. Such beautiful architecture, they just build buildings like this anymore.
npecanhuk (56368) 2013-09-28 6:58
Wonderful architectural details!
Very beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, large vertical format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent and truly pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
kato (9532) 2013-09-28 7:36
You're capturing well this place by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the beautiful Roman Catholic church with the Dome roof, the statue and noble design. It seems to masterpiece as the architecture. And, it's also interesting that crowded buildings in behind show the modern Rome.
Noel_Byrne (13356) 2013-09-28 8:01
Bella vista di questa chiesa che sembra molto imponente, e la luce che cade su di esso Ť superba. Un brillante senso di altezza e scala dal punto di vista si Ť scelto, e la colonna aggiunge molto alla scena complessiva troppo. Dove altro potrebbe essere questo, ma bella Roma!
Tutti i migliori
Nicou (105809) 2013-09-28 9:30
Avec ces pins parasol qui donnent une touche de vert quelle vue sueprbe quelle coupole sueprbe architecture et iamge grandiose compo.
Bravo et amitiť
ourania (18632) 2013-09-28 9:51
l' architettura e' magnifica, il tuo punto di vista ci offre uno spettacolo affascinante in un quadro ottimamente equilibrato. La luce e' deliziosa ed aumenta l' incanto della vista e dell' atmosfera effettivamente. I dettagli sono definiti benissimo e rendono l' osservazione accattivante. La colonna e la chiesa sembrano tridimensionali e credo che gran parte di tutti questi effetti meravigliosi si deve alla tua audace e abilissima gestione di luce e contrasti. Poi e' molto piacevole scoprire dei dettagli e dei colori oltre la chiesa. Ottimo lavoro, complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona serata,
Gigidusud (10236) 2013-09-28 13:07
Splendida questa cupole illuminata da una bella luce che contrasta con il grigio di cielo. Ottimo il taglio verticale. Sicuramente siamo a Roma!
Complimenti! Una bella dedica per la nostra amica Lisa.
Ti auguro un buon week-end.
lousat (64197) 2013-09-28 15:05
Ciao Romano,inquadratura stretta sfruttando la miglior luce,il risultato e' di grande impatto e brilla di luce propria gia' nella gallery delle miniature,una foto di altissimo livello che pareggia il conto col gabbiano sfuocato e tagliato di ieri,che su treknature avrebbero fatto arrosto..ehehe....buona Domenica,Luciano.
PaulVDV (17273) 2013-09-28 20:27
A very beautiful, clear and sharp shot of the church and the column. The picture also has a good depth.
I like the inclusion of the trees at the bottom. They're shaped like umbrellas.
Best regards, Paul
carlo62 (19421) 2013-09-28 23:17
l'inquadratura stretta accomuna palazzi e monumenti in una splendida immagine, la luce Ť molto bella nonostante il cielo non sia dei migliori.
Sicuramente la scelta del pov Ť vincente.
SnapRJW (23656) 2013-09-28 23:27
Hello Romano - Another fine shot from Rome. Beautiful light illuminates the architecture revealing form and detail. One small suggestion, the dimensions of your uploads are a little big for most screens I think, it would be good if your shot could be seen in full at a glance rather than having to scroll down. I mention this because one cannot really see the composition clearly as it stands now. Have a great Sunday Rosemary
emka (64144) 2013-09-28 23:52
Ciao Romano, What a wonderful gift for Lisa! Have you met her in Rome?
very original photo of trajan's column and the dome. Fantastic presentation.
Have a great sunny Sunday
Malgo (from Warsaw)
Silvio1953 (105527) 2013-09-29 9:20
Ciao Romano, gran bella dedica alla cara amica Lisa, favolosa luce sulla colonna di Traiano, gran bel POV, bravo, ciao Silvio
delpeoples (48634) 2013-09-29 15:09
Mille grazie per la bellissima dedica. Sono tornata pochi ore adesso, contents di essere "home", dopo il viaggio lungo.
La luce dorata veramente mi ricordo della Citta' Eternale. L'ha illuminato gli edifici e colori in grande stile. Ottima la definizione e resa cromatica. La veduta l'ho riconosciuto dal Vittoriano/Campidoglio. Che bei ricordi me l'ha portato.
Grazie ancora per la dedica, e spero di incontrarti un giorno presto.
tatadalou (3975) 2013-09-30 14:33
Wow, che bella luce! Il contrasto con le zone d'ombra Ť impressionante. La luce che illumina la facciata della chiesa permette di ammirare le sui detagli. Stupenda!
fabbs99 (11126) 2013-10-01 5:47
This is an excellent shot of the Santissimo Nome di Maria al Foro Traiano Church and Trajanís Column.Lovely colors and good sharpness makes this a superb composition.Very well done,TFS.
mkamionka (27073) 2013-10-02 13:55
wow, this is really beautiful photo! The place itself is spectacular you have so well combined the column with the beautiful church having some nice context of nice architecture. The trees make a nice framing in the foreground. Sky very pleasant too with darker but so warm clouds. The most importantly everything was captured in a great light, so warm, it introduces a fantastic atmosphere.
macjake (45588) 2013-10-04 10:37
always fun to come back to your gallery and see whats new in Italy :)
but then again, not much is new in this country right? haha
Is it possible to get to the top of these two subjects? probably not right?
lovely subjects, and looking at it I can't help but try to imagine how it would have looked all those hundreds of years ago when it was new!!!!
very warm light, smart looking scene.
enjoy your day
Janusz1974 (2497) 2013-10-05 13:59
Amazing view on very beautiful architecture of the church and the column!
Sharpness is wonderful!