- Type: Landmarks
NileGuide Expert tip:
Stand in the center of the catwalk to absorb the awesomeness of Trajan's basilica.
- This is probably the oldest shopping centre in the world. Built by the Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century A.D, it consisted of 150 offices and shops selling food, flowers, jewellery and wool. The finest shops were decorated with mosaics depicting the merchandise on sale. Today the shops are intact, but empty, even though, when the wine-shops were rediscovered, they were full of amphors of wine. The offices on the floor above organised the distribution of free rations of corn to the citizens of Rome.
The recently opened Museum of Imperiali is nearby and a must see to get a glimpse into Trajan's offices. It is truly one of the top sites in Rome.
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