Italy for everyone

Column of Marcus Aurelius in Rome

The monumental column of Marcus Aurelius is one of the best preserved echoes of ancient Rome in the center of the Italian capital. It was erected at the end of the 2nd century AD to commemorate the emperor’s victories in the Markoman War, and today it adorns the Column Square named after her.

The total height of the column is almost 42 meters, which makes it the highest in Rome, despite the fact that at the end of the 16th century it was noticeably deepened into the ground for stability.

The structure of the column of Marcus Aurelius resembles the earlier column of Trajan, installed on the forum of the same name, however, in this case, the reliefs are worked out deeper, providing bright contrast of images on a sunny day.

Column of Marcus Aurelius in Piazza Colonna in Rome

The key episode in the plot of the column is an event known in the religious community as the "miracle of the rain." According to legend, the most difficult campaigns of Marcus Aurelius were battles with tongues and quads.

After successful victories, the emperor was so inspired that he went on to conquer the lands of the Quads. However, he miscalculated and was surrounded. The incredibly hot summers and lack of access to water made the many thousands of Roman army simply languish from thirst.

Then the emperor decided to call for prayer the whole XII legion. The gods heard a torrential downpour began, and the perked army was able to defeat the enemy.

At the top of the column was originally installed the figure of the victorious emperor, but it was lost and at the end of the 16th century was replaced by a sculpture of the Apostle Paul.

This text about the Column of Marcus Aurelius is one of the 60 points of the audio guide in the center of Rome for the iPhone link released by BlogoItaliano in 2019.

It is not available in the trial free version, but is available in a full audio tour of the most popular itinerary worth 5 Euros. You can learn more about the audio guide and how it can help you save on sightseeing tours in Rome on this page.

Photo by Luchi78

Watch the video: Column of Marcus Aurelius, Rome HD (December 2019).

Loading...

Popular Posts

Category Italy for everyone, Next Article

How to get to the island of Favignana
Favignana

How to get to the island of Favignana

You can get to the island of Favignana by speed boat from Trapani quite simply. To do this, you need to arrive at the port and buy a ticket at the ticket office approximately 30-40 minutes before departure. In the high season of July-August, we recommend buying tickets in advance by arriving at the port or on the Internet on the airline’s official website www.
Read More
Tuna Museum on the island of Favignana
Favignana

Tuna Museum on the island of Favignana

Beautiful Sicily reveals its secrets. On the largest island of the Aegadian archipelago of Favignan opened the Museum of Tuna. Now tourists will be able to find out what many generations of local residents have dedicated themselves to and how the legendary Mattan took place. The sea at Favignana is always crystal clear. No wonder the red bay (Cala Rossa), located on the island, is among the ten best beaches in Italy.
Read More
Favignana - an island you want to return to
Favignana

Favignana - an island you want to return to

We spent only one day on the island of Favignana in early June 2014, but already in the first hours of our trip it became clear that we would have to return here more than once. We went there as part of a trip to the south of Italy on the recommendation of our Sicilian friend Mario. It is on Favignan that the famous Cala Rosa Bay is located, one of the ten best beaches in Italy, and several other no less beautiful beaches.
Read More
Hotels in Favignana: tips for choosing
Favignana

Hotels in Favignana: tips for choosing

This mini-study is dedicated to my friends and all readers of “Italy for Me” inspired by my trips to Sicily with Yana. The island of Favignana is only 30 minutes sailing from the port of Trapani and in my opinion is an ideal option for a quiet and relaxing holiday on the sea in Italy.
Read More