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Chiesa e Monastero dello Spirito Santo (Book 8) (Day 3) (View C8) (Rione Monti)
This is one of the plates where Vasi turns his attention to the details of everyday life in Rome. The churches and buildings shown in the plate did not attract the interest of other etchers or painters, so that this view is now important as the almost only memory of a part of Rome which was entirely excavated to unearth the Forum of Emperor Trajan and that of Emperor Augustus.
The view is taken from the green dot in the 1748 map below. In the description below the plate Vasi made reference to: 1) S. Lorenzo ai Monti; 2) Palazzo Conti; 3) S. Eufemia; 4) Spirito Santo. The map shows also 5) Trajan's Market.
Nothing is left of the churches and the houses of the plate. The buildings on the left side of the street (including S. Eufemia and Spirito Santo) were pulled down between 1812 and 1815 during the first modern excavations of Rome. The houses at the far end of the street were pulled down in 1828, thus freeing Trajan's Markets from medieval additions. In the XXth century S. Lorenzo ai Monti and the adjoining buildings were pulled down to unearth the Forum of Augustus.
The main remaining monument of the Forum of Trajan (Marcus Ulpius Traianus) is Colonna Traiana; the other components of the complex were a lost arch at its eastern entrance, a large basilica which had four rows of grey granite columns and two lost semicircular libraries at the sides of the columns.
Trajan's Forum included a semicircular square surrounded by a series of shops. Trajan's equestrian statue stood at its centre
(see a page which extensively covers Trajan's Markets).
Next plate in Book 8: Monastero di S. Lucia in Selci
Next step in Day 3 itinerary: Chiesa di S. Maria in Campo Carleo
Next step in your tour of Rione Monti: Chiesa di S. Maria in Campo Carleo