Trajan's Market (Latin: Mercatus Traiani, Italian: Mercati di Traiano) is a large complex of ruins in the city of Rome, Italy, located on the Via dei Fori Imperiali, at the opposite end to the Colosseum. The surviving buildings and structures, built as an integral part of Trajan's Forum and nestled against the excavated flank of the Quirinal Hill, present a living model of life in the Roman capital and a glimpse at the continuing restoration in the city, which reveals new treasures and insights about Ancient Roman architecture. Thought to be the world's oldest shopping mall, the arcades in Trajan's Market are now believed by many to be administrative offices for Emperor Trajan. The shops and apartments were built in a multi-level structure, and it is still possible to visit several of the levels. Highlights include delicate marble floors and the remains of a library.
Trajan's Market was probably built in 100-110 AD by Apollodorus of Damascus, an architect who always followed Trajan in his adventures and to whom Trajan entrusted the planning of his Forum, and inaugurated in 113 AD. During the Middle Ages the complex was transformed by adding floor levels, still visible today, and defensive elements such as the Torre delle Milizie, the "militia tower" built in 1200. A convent, which was later built in this area, was demolished at the beginning of the twentieth century to restore Trajan's Markets to the city of Rome.
Museo dei Fori Imperiali
The new Italian: Museo dei Fori Imperiali ("Museum of the Imperial Fora), closed on Mondays, houses a wealth of artifacts from all of ancient Rome's forums. The modern entrances to Trajan's Market are at Via Quattro Novembre, 94, and Piazza Madonna di Loreto. Immediately, the visitor enters into a shopping area, disposed on two different sides, where free wheat was once distributed to the people of Rome.
At the end of this hall, a large balcony offers a beautiful view of the markets, the Trajan's Forum, and the Vittoriano. This is actually a part of the Via Biberatica (from biber meaning drink, the location for most of the Roman taverns and grocers' shops), the road that starts from the entrance and divides Trajan's Market.
On the lower part there are also two large halls, probably used for auditions or concerts. A shop housed in the Market is known as a taberna. The giant exedra formed by the market structure was originally mirrored by a matching exedral boundary space on the south flank of Trajan's Forum.
The market is roofed by a concrete vault raised on piers, both covering and allowing air and light into the central space. The market itself is constructed primarily out of brick and concrete.
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yquem46 (38750) 2014-02-16 7:38
Nice colors and light on the Trajan market
not so convinced however by the rock in FG, that to me me is more an obstruction to the view than an additional interest to the compo
best regards, have a nice sunday
photoray (13691) 2014-02-16 7:47
Very attractive architectural blend, Roman, Gothic, arches on top of arches, and all in warm tones and excellent resolution, then anchored by Trajan's Column.
pajaran (55113) 2014-02-16 8:02
Dobar dan, popodne.
Dobar tekst o Trajan's Market, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled na staru trznicu ...
Dobar snimak, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazana arhitektura i detalji na fasadi, lepe boje.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
A good article on the Trajan's Market, with a history and description of the ...
Nice view of the Old Market ...
Good shot, sharpness and contrast, beautiful architecture and details shown on the facade, beautiful colors.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
tyro (22184) 2014-02-16 8:18
Oh, how envious I am of you and all the wonderful treasures you have on your doorstep! Again you have written a very interesting and informative note and also uploaded a wonderful image to complement it.
This is a beautifully composed photograph in which the strong curvature of the rows of arches adds strongly. The light is beautifully bright in the lower parts and I like how the upper storeys are somewhat shaded, presumably by a passing cloud.
Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
claudeD (35533) 2014-02-16 8:55
very fine picture showing the amazing location of market Traiano. I remember the location from my last visit to Rome. Very good light managment and sharpness.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Nicou (130233) 2014-02-16 9:00
avec cette immense pierre noir quel rendu sur ces arches ces formes quelle belle architecture et le couleur cet ocre fantastique cadrage et mise en valeur.
Bravo et amitié
dta (71467) 2014-02-16 9:02
Ciao romano ,
Très belle vue de ces ruines remarquablement conservées , avec un excellent éclairage et ciel nuageux du meilleur effet .
annjackman (20931) 2014-02-16 9:04
This architecture never fails to amaze me, particularly the way that it has survived relatively intact. I like the colours and textures of the different parts of the market. Very well taken - TFS.
Kind Regards, Ann
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-02-16 9:57
a beautiful photo of this elegant architecture, the composition is very nice, great lights and details, splendid shot,
carlo62 (38805) 2014-02-16 11:18
inutile dire che il luogo è uno dei più belli e storicamente interessanti del mondo.
La tua foto mostra tutta la sua bellezza , in modo diretto e senza fronzoli, le antiche architetture sono ben inquadrate sotto questo cielo che tanto ti piace e che funziona da perfetta scenografia.
Buon inizio settimana
ourania (36486) 2014-02-16 11:36
molto interessante la vista sulle costruzioni antiche e sugli edifizi piu' moderni ma sempre di epoche lontane. La grande pietra disturba un po' ma capisco che non c' era altro punto di vista per includere nel quadro tutti e due gli strati affascinanti. Hai catturato dettagli e tessiture superbamente, la luce incerta ha dato un' intensita' particolare all' atmosfera. Il cielo, le ombre ed i colori sono molto belli e dano alle strutture imponenti un aspetto assai drammatico. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona serata,
federico (3104) 2014-02-16 12:15
ciao Romano, bella composizione, ottima la luce..stavo pensando di passare qualche giorno a Roma e con la tua foto e la nota esplicativa mi e' proprio venuta la voglia
Corry (4508) 2014-02-16 20:37
Belle prise de vue des marchés de Trajan avec sa colonne. La lumière permet de bien apprécier les détails de ces ruines. Très bonne netteté de l'image. Bien fait.
emka (86607) 2014-02-16 22:35
Nice picture of Trajan markets. How funny that you can see it from above, we can see the people there. Nice composition in beautiful colours.
I see you took your camera for a Sunday walk :). It seems spring is around the corner.
WArm regrads MAlgo
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-17 3:12
this place is amazing, and this shot captures its magnificence and glory so perfectly. Superbly detailed and a real sense of its scale and presence in this wonderfully presented image. Stunning!
Have a good week - B.
snunney (90030) 2014-02-17 3:40
A splendid capture of this ancient market places. Your composition and point of view shows it in all its grandeur. Good light and colours; excellent rendering of the textural detail in the old walls.
rychem (28167) 2014-02-17 9:01
Really impressive architecture, I admire these people erecting such huge buildings, excellent photo with fantastic depth, light and colors,
Silvio1953 (130518) 2014-02-17 10:33
Ciao Romano, gran bella vista di uno dei più impressionanti monumenti dell'antica Roma, ottima nitidezza, splendida luce e magnifici colori, bravo, ciao Silvio
COSTANTINO (59991) 2014-02-17 14:41
Quanto sei bella Roma
bella composizione Architettonica del mercato
e interesante nota
cari saluti e buona serata
ikeharel (63039) 2014-02-19 0:30
Marvelous photo on the concaved shape edifice, an old market place.
The ruins preserved superbly throgh the time passed from the days of the Empire.
Fine clear view upon, placed well over pic. space to enhanced its arched facade.
The pillar and the couple gave good scale to value the size of the impressive place.
cornejo (35919) 2014-02-19 10:32
Romano Ciao, molto buona immagine di questi edifici interessanti di Roma antica, molto ben catturato in questo grande quadro con una buona nitidezza, profondità, buon colore e della luce. Molto buon lavoro ben fatto, complimenti amico mio. Grazie per la condivisione di questo interessante lavoro.
Buona notte e felice resto della settimana.
Cordiali saluti dal sud della Spagna.
SWEETFREEDOM (23608) 2014-02-21 23:58
mi piace il p.o.v. molto basso che da ancora piu' imponenza a questo splendido edificio. nitidezza e colori ottimi
adores (41086) 2014-03-15 15:36
Good to see it still looks like this, so well preserved and impressive. I wonder how it was in the old days. Good pov and colours!