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Trajan built this column in 113AD celebrating his successful military campaigns in Romania. These are all carefully detailed scenes of the wars.

“The column’s survival was largely thanks to the intervention of Pope Gregory the Great who reigned from 590-604. He was so moved by a relief showing Trajan helping a woman whose son had been killed that he begged God to release the Emperor’s soul from hell. God duly appeared to the Pope to say that Trajan had been rescued, but asked him not to pray for the souls of any more pagans.

"According to legend, when Trajan’s ashes were exhumed his skull and tongue were not only intact, but his tongue told of his release from hell. The land around the column was then declared sacred and the column itself was spared.”
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