Colonna Traiana

Monument in Ancient Rome

Set among the ruins of Trajan's Forum, Trajan's column (AD 113) is adorned with a stunning spiral frieze recounting the Romans' victorious campaign against the Dacians (from modern-day Romania). It later served as Trajan's tomb – his ashes were interred in a room inside the column's hollow base – and was crowned by a statue of the emperor. In the late 16th century, Pope Sixtus V replaced this with the statue of St Peter that you see today.