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Trajan's Market (Rome)

Trojan's Market (Rome)






Description of the Trajan's Market

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Mercati Traianei, Via IV Novembre
Tel. 06- 679 00 48
Busses: 64, 70, 170
Open: 9am- 5pm Tue- Sun
Closed: Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25


The Trajan's Market (Latin: Mercatus Traiani, Italian: Mercati di Traiano) is a large complex of ruins in Rome, Italy, located on Via dei Imperiali, at the opposite end of the Colosseum. The Trajan's Market complex was built during the construction of the Trajan Forum as one huge shopping center. It is perfectly preserved despite the past centuries, largely due to the fact that the building was used as a residential building. This is the oldest shopping center in the world. Shops and apartments were built in a high-rise building. The Great Hall of the Trajan's Market is covered with a concrete vault built on columns. The market itself is built mainly of brick and concrete.




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The market of Trajan was probably built in the year 100-110 by the project of the architect Apollodor from Damascus, a close friend of Emperor Trajan. The emperor entrusted the planning of his Forum to him and was opened in 113 AD. In the Middle Ages, the complex was transformed by adding new floors, which are still visible today, and security features such as the Torre delle Milizie towers, the “militia tower”, built in 1200. There was even a Catholic monastery on the market of Trajan. It was demolished in the 20th century during the restoration of an ancient Roman shopping center.


The Museum of the Imperial Forum (Italian: Museo dei Fori Imperiali), which opened in 2007, presents many artifacts from the entire forum of ancient Rome. Modern entrances to Trajan’s market are located on Via Cuatro November or Novyj Novoyre Street 94 (Via Quattro Novembre, 94) in Piazza Madonna di Loreto. The visitor immediately gets into the shopping arcade, located on both sides of the aisle. In antiquity, there was handing out free bread and wheat among the inhabitants of Rome. If the Coliseum showed spectacles, here, in the market of Trajan, they gave bread.

At the end of this room is a large balcony with a beautiful view of the central market square, the Trajan Forum and Vittoriano. This street is part of Via Biberatika (Via Biberatica) (from the Latin bibo, bibere, which means “to drink”). This street was the site of Roman taverns and grocery stores. The road passes through the Trajan market. In the lower part of the Trajan market there are also two large halls, which are used for shows and concerts.