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Colonna di Marco Aurelio (c. 193 AD)
Marcus Aurelius Column

The column is a Roman victory column in Piazza Colonna. It is a Doric column featuring a spiral relief: it was built in honour of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius and modeled on Trajan's Column. The spiral picture relief tells the story of Marcus Aureliusí Danubian or Marcomannic wars, waged by him from 166 to his death.

The column 130.3 ft tall and consists of 27 or 28 blocks of Carrara marble, each of 12 ft diameter, hollowed out while still at the quarry for a stairway of 190-200 steps within the column up to a platform at the top. Just as with Trajanís Column, this stairway is illuminated through narrow slits into the relief.

The Italian Parliament building is visible in the background (red dot).