12 January 2016
The column was, in ancient Rome a true monument designed and dedicated to the emperors who distinguished themselves and won countless battles. Each column of Rome tells a very important piece of the history of the Roman empire, battles that have allowed the expansion of this great people.
Today there are only a few specimens and parts of these monuments, which in many cases have become the protagonists of small and hidden squares. Here are the columns of Rome.
Column of Marcus Aurelius
Built in 176 to celebrate the victories of the emperor Marcus Aurelius and is located in front of Palazzo Chigi. The 42 meter high column is characterized by reliefs which stretched along a spiral column and on top was placed the bronze statue of Marcus Aurelius. The statue was destroyed over time and replaced, in 1589, the Bronze Statue of St. Paul.
Dedicated to Emperor Trajan reminds the conquest of the dacha in all the highlights, was a novelty for the time and art is a true example of Roman art. The Doric column is constructed from 18 marble blocks and on top was a statue of Trajan.
Columns of the Roman Forum
The columns of the Roman Forum are those dedicated to Gaius Duilio, the Column of Phocas in the Corinthian style, the column Menia which is the oldest and the Milestone gold, a marble column coated bronze. All these are called triumphal columns which replaced the Egyptian obelisks and became, over time, the symbol of Christianity.
Column of the Immaculate
This Roman monument is located in Piazza Mignanelli a few steps from the Spanish Steps dedicated, since 1854, the Immaculate Conception. Each year the firefighters of Rome offer, during December 8 a wreath of flowers to the Virgin.