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The 90 foot tall column dominates the Piazza Colonna and dates from 180CE. The bas-relief carvings around the base depict Marcus Aurelius successful campaigns against the Germanic tribes. Similar to Trajan’s column there are stairs inside the column to the top, however the column has settled over time and exhibits large cracks and the stairs are closed. The original statue of the emperor was replaced with one of St Paul in 1589 (much like on Trajan’s Column which is now topped by St Peter).

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