The Markets of Trajan are an archaeological complex of uniqueness in Rome, perhaps even worldwide. They represent an area that has experienced the evolution of the city from the imperial age to today; an area that has been constantly recycled and transformed. The markets once the strategic administrative centre of the Imperial Forums, successively became a noble residence, a military fortress, a prestigious convent and a barracks... a continuous evolution. It has gone through architectural changes and the signs of the various “hands” from these different eras are all still visible. Now, with the completion of recent restorations, we too have crafted out a functions for it and so The Markets of Trajan have begun a new “season” of life. Incredibly, Rome which is so rich in monuments and museums, has not yet had a centre dedicated to ancient architecture. Our museum intends to allow you to understand the structural, architectural and decorative aspects of ancient buildings, through three-dimensionally rebuilding them. Without doubt, it is very suggestive to go through the great archaeological areas of the Roman and Imperial Forums but a real vision of the ancient “city” is difficult to grasp. We wanted to overcome this communicative “gap”; we wanted to give tourists, citizens, people who are passionate about Roman times as well as scholars the possibility of again living a part of the ancient world. Today, the Trajanic complex is more than ever located at a strategic point of the modern city at a cultural junction that on the one side connects The Capitoline Museum, Palazzo delle Esposizioni and The National Archaeological Museum, and on the other, connects the central archaeological area �" Coliseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Imperial Forums. It is an access point to the ancient as well as the modern city. This capacity of urban and cultural dialogue has been valued by important exhibitions such as “The coloured marbles of Imperial Rome” and “Contemporary sculptures by Igor Mitoraj”. We have involved the visitor in a fascinating and intriguing journey through the intricate architecture of the structures internal spaces and the scenic “views” of the city outside. By playing on the excellence of the markets history and the history of the city as a whole, we designed an exhibition dedicated to the Imperial Forum in the Markets of Trajan.
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