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Trajan's Markets and Forum

Once thought the world's oldest shopping mall, the arcades of Trajan's Market are being
reassessed as administrative offices for Emperor Trajan. The shops, or offices, and the
apartments were built in a multi-level structure backing onto the Quirinale Hill, some
time around 113 AD - with the lowest, where many of the shops are, facing out onto what
remains of Trajan's Forum.

The side corridors of the newly refurbished building house a museum dedicated to preserving
and explaining the 40,000 architectural elements and decorations found during excavations
of the various sites along Via dei Fori Imperiale, whilst the main halls of the Market
have been turned into one of the city's most magnificent exhibition spaces.

For the official website, where there's an exhibition program, opening times etc, as well as
an account of the long series of restoration works, see ___ http://en.mercatiditraiano.it/

The section on Trajan's Forum is here:
___ http://en.mercatiditraiano.it/sede/area_archeologica/foro_di_traiano#c

Pictures taken during several visits - from 1997 to 2001, and after reopening in 2007: click
on any one for a larger version!