Are you considering studying abroad in Rome, and are passionate about immersing yourself in the rich history of the ancient city? Then you must see Trajan’s Market, a fascinating complex of ruins that has been referred to as one of the oldest shopping malls in the world.
Trajan Market was built in the early 2nd century, during the reign of Emperor Trajan, as part of a larger complex of buildings known as the Trajan Forum. Considered one of the oldest Markets in Rome. Trajan Market boasted over 150 shops and apartments, providing a glimpse into the daily life of ancient Romans.
Over time, the Trajan Market fell into disuse and was largely forgotten until the 20th century. Despite the passing of centuries, the market has undergone numerous restorations. These renovations allow visitors to compare the ancient construction of the market with the modern-day improvements made to the area.
As a study-abroad student in Rome, I have had the opportunity to visit a multitude of museums and ancient sites, but my experience at the Trajan Market was truly unforgettable. Walking through a building that was only excavated in the 20th century was mind-boggling, and I was struck by the sheer history and significance of the museum.
The market had numerous uses over the years, and it was fascinating to read about its evolution and hear about the ways it was utilized. What was once a commercial center is now a treasure trove of ancient artifacts and exhibits, showcasing the history of Rome and the market itself.
View from the top floor of the market at night is simply breathtaking. From there you can see the Victor Emmanuel Monument and even catch a glimpse of the Colosseum. It’s a perfect spot for taking photos with friends or capturing a solo shot.
I highly recommend visiting the Trajan Market Museum as it truly is a hidden gem of Rome.
By: Christian Duran