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Obelisco di Montecitorio, Rome

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The Obelisk of Montecitorio, also known as Solare, is an ancient Egyptian, red granite obelisk of Psammetichus II from Heliopolis. Brought to Rome with the Flaminio Obelisk in 10 BC by the Roman Emperor Augustus to be used as the gnomon of the Solarium Augusti, it is now in the Piazza Montecitorio. It is 21.79m high, and 33.97m including the base and the globe.HistoryFirst constructionAugustus erected it as the gnomon of the Solarium Augusti, his giant sundial (or horologium) in the Campus Martius. The meridian, worked out by the mathematician Facondius Novus, was placed in the center of a surface measuring 160by, constructed from slabs of travertine, on which a quadrant was marked out with bronze letters, with indications of the hours, months, seasons and signs of the zodiac. Besides its function as a solar clock, the obelisk was oriented in such manner so as to cast its shadow on the nearby Ara Pacis on 23 September, Augustus's birthday, which coincided with the autumnal equinox.
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  • The obelisk sole or di Montecitorio is an Egyptian obelisk situated opposite the Khan of Deputies, near the Trevi Fountain. For those who like Rome it is worth enjoying the city on walking tours. And on these tours we are coming across excellent attractions of Roman history.
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  • It is one of the obelisks present in Rome located in one of the best known points, in front of Palazzo Chigi.
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  • Obelisco di Montecitorio is one of thirteen ancient Egyptian obelisks established in Rome over the past two thousand years... The obelisk was made under the pharaoh Psammetico II in the 6th century BC, brought to Rome in the 10th year under Emperor Octavian Augustus. Obelisco di Montecitorio is located on the square of the same name - Piazza Montecitorio...
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  • Quite busy the day we visited. Nice place also surrounded by interesting things to see so worth a visit. Maybe get there early
  • Fun place to take pictures and have a rest. Not far at all from the Trevi Fountain. Great little square.
  • Nice obelisk although the square is closed to the general public by Policemen
  • Lovely government building that you can walk around - no cars! Heavy security
  • Pretty cool. Couldn’t work out the sundial type think on the ground. I gather the building is a parliament of some sort and tours are available. Lots of police when we were there.
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