Column of Marcus Aurelius
Column of Marcus Aurelius
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Erected between 180 and 196, this marble monument celebrates the victories of the emperor Marcus Aurelius, which is in the form of a spiral with 190 internal steps.
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Neighbourhood: Centro
How to get there
  • Spagna • 9 min walk
  • Barberini - Fontana di Trevi • 10 min walk
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,72,743 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is a landmark column monument located in the middle of Piazza Colonna in the city centre of Rome. The column was erected here in 193 AD and is topped with a statue of St. Paul (1589). What you see is a Doric Column modelled after Trajan's Column in the Roman Forum. It is dedicated to Emperor Marcus Aurelius features a spiral relief from top to bottom, a tell of his campaigns against Germanic barbarians during his reign as Caesar (161-180 AD). It is a fine monument worth spending a few minutes to appreciate when passing through the square.
Written 22 April 2024
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sunlunlad
Hamsterley, UK1,339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
A truly outstanding monument,which deserves a little more appreciation than the rather understated piazza it is located in.
Written 8 February 2024
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia55,341 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This was erected in approximately 193 to honour the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in honour of his efforts in the Barbarian wars.

It is located in the square not far from the Pantheon.
Written 7 January 2024
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LuckyPierre_11
Laval, Canada146 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Interesting, it is located in a very small piazza near the Via del Corso near the Trevi Area. Nice to past by.
Written 6 January 2024
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Codiak!
Abbotsford, Canada11,489 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This column is chalk full of interesting historical depictions. It would be advised to take a walking tour with a guide who can detail them for you.
Written 20 December 2023
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Andres72423
Bridgeport, CT4,755 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
As we walked through the various alleys of Rome we sort of accidentally came across this magnificent column. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a market or any explanation ( signage) to let you know what this was. Time does not disappoint, when you least expect it you come across something really cool.
Written 27 June 2023
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Marcus Aurelius column in the center of Piazza Colonna is a remarkable sight both during the day and at night, when it is beautifully lit up. Military glory of Marcus Aurelius is depicted on the relief of this spiral column in great detail… it is like an illustrated history book bring you back to the battles of Ancient Rome.
Written 7 February 2023
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Birgitta-Kenneth
Solna, Sweden1,482 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I just love all this columns that are on show in Rome and cant just wait to walk around in this outdoor museum again.
Written 30 October 2022
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Ugo C
Reykjavik, Iceland747 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This column is engraved to show Marcus Aurelius' battles and victories. The engraving is so intricate, so interesting. Very cool to see, almost 1800 years later
Written 17 August 2022
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,615 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is one huge column and was designed to celebrate Marcus Aurelius’ successes in the north.
He was not exactly being humble in victory. The Doric style column, reaches almost 40m high and dominates the piazza on Via Del Corso.
It was an incredible feat of construction. Twenty eight separate blocks of Carrara marble were stacked on top of each other to construct the column which was held together with metal dowels and secured by pouring molten lead down shafts in the stone.
Each block had first been hollowed out to allow for a stairway through the middle which would access the platform at the top.
The most interesting part is the spiral picture relief that runs up and around the column’s shaft, telling the story of Marcus Aurelius’ military campaigns in the north against the Germans and Sarmatians in Hungary.
The carvings are highly detailed. You can easily see lots of horses and soldiers but it’s hard to pick out specific scenes because it’s so tall.
I found the easiest way to see any detail was to take a few photos and enlarge them. In this way, we could make out several different scenes. The story starts at the bottom and we could see the Roman army crossing the Danube in solid looking row boats. We could also pick out a scene that showed the soldiers grouping together and holding their shields to form a wall or "testudo" to deflect weapons and fire thrown down from the enemy above (this was about half way up). Below them, a bearded Marcus Aurelius is standing on a platform addressing his army (see attached photo).
Originally there was a statue of Marcus Aurelius at the top but he was knocked off his perch when Christianity became the dominant religion. A bronze statue of the apostle, St Paul replaced him.
The column is located along the busy main road, Via del Corso. It’s only a 10 minute walk to the very similar Trajan’s Column at the forums.
Written 30 July 2022
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