I’ve always loved Trajan’s Column since studying it in high school and then college art history classes. The amazing bas relief is a continuous narrative that spirals around the column, recounting Trajan’s victory over the Dacian’s. It’s a type of story telling that was the first of its kind. Of course the pope’s eventually plopped a statue of St. Peter’s on the top, but if that saved it from destruction, so be it. Stop by Piazza Venezia to check it out.
Oh and if you have a chance today, stop by JM’s great Oeiras and environs daily photo blog. He’s one year old today and was one of the first frequent visitors to my blog. Happy anniversary!