Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani), which was built in the early years of the 2nd century CE, was an integral part of the monumental complex of buildings that made up the Forum of Trajan, the last, and by far the largest, of the imperial fora to be constructed.
Although it is known as a market, the more than 170 rooms may have acted as offices as well as shops. Above the arched windows of the upper storey, another thoroughfare, known in the Middle Ages as Via Biberatica, provided access to more shops or offices.
Part of Trajan's Market is home to the Museo dei Fori Imperiali, a small museum that traces the history of the imperial fora.
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