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Obelisco Agonale, Rome

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Piazza Navona is a piazza in Rome, Italy. It is built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built in the 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium. The ancient Romans went there to watch the agones ("games"), and hence it was known as "Circus Agonalis" ("competition arena"). It is believed that over time the name changed to in avone to navone and eventually to navona.
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  • And one of two obelisks, together with the Minerveo, designed by Bernini. Takes the name of Agonale, because positioned in front of the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone. The granite monolith and 16 meters high.
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  • The Piazza has three fountain and an Obelisk. A nice place for a short stop and to refresh from the usual tiring walking tour. Another attraction while in Rome. More obelisk and colonnade seen in the ...  more »
  • This obelisk arises from the center of the Fontana dei Fiumi in the Piazza Navona, located in the center of the Piazza. Great location for photos. There are benches located around the fountain so you ...  more »
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  • Magnificent Egyptian Obelisk. ...in conjuction with several fountains and art from Bernini
  • Rome has all of Egypt's treasures. Great setting.
  • A beautiful fountain, though a bit worn down, at a beautiful square which however is so crowded so that it is hard to take any good photos.
  • Another really nice area of Rome to see.
  • An Egyptian obelisk in the middle of Piazza Navona. Great sight

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