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Obelisco Flaminio, Rome

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  • The Flaminio Obelisk is one of the thirteen ancient obelisks in Rome and it is located in the Piazza del Popolo. It is 24 m (67 ft) high and with the base and the cross reaches 36.50 m . In 10 BC it....  more »
  • This obelisk is at the former door of Rome at Piazza del Popolo. As tourist you do not recognize difference compared to the others. Look down, there is a small fountain with lions.  more »
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  • Ancient Egyptian. Very nice.
  • Rome is the richest city of obelisks in the world, surpassing Egypt itself. Special ships were prepared by the emperors for this transport. It was Emperor Augustus that transported this obelist in 10 BC from heliopolis, Egypt, where it stood in front of the Temple of the Sun. At 23.70 meters (excluding the plinth), it is about 2 meters taller than that of Montecitorio (although it was brought by Augustus from the same city, in the same year), and is the third highest in Rome (after the Lateranense and the Vatican). Built by Seti I and Ramesses II in the 14th century. A.C., it was placed in the center of the Circus Maximus and remained there until the middle of the 6th century when it was collapsed during the invasion of the Goths. He was buried there for almost a millennium when excavations undertaken by Pope Sisto V, in 1586, it was possible to recover all the fragments and reassemble the monolith. By now, this obelist (also the others) became part of the pontiff's urban plan in which straight connecting routes were built between the main basilicas, before which they raised them. Before, it was thought to move it to St. Paul's Basilica, but its abbot refused because of the high cost of the operation. In the end, Sisto V decided that the monolith should be rebuilt in front of the church of St. Mary of the People, which he himself had recently elevated to the rank of stational church, that is, one of the Seven Churches of Rome that pilgrims had to visit.
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