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Obelisco Flaminio, Rome

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  • The Flamínio obelisk was brought from ancient Egypt and is situated right in the center of the magnificent Piazza del Populo. It is 24m high and was brought from the Circus Maximus where it had once been erected by César Augustus. It is surrounded by four fountains, each with the statue of a lion (Fontana dei Leoni).
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  • This obelist was brought to Rome by Augustus, directly from Egypt, where it was previously placed. It now adorns the center of People's Square and over the centuries has been gradually renovated and embellished with the fountain of lions. Characteristic.
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  • As you know, in Rome the Egyptian obelisks are a little less than in Egypt itself... One of these ancient obelisks, one of thirteen, is set in 1589 on the Piazza del Popolo (then, of course, at the Northern Gate of Rome). And, of course, at the initiative of Pope Sixtus V... The obelisk was examined very carefully. It is a pity, the inscriptions on the obelisk, made by three with the lichen thousands of years ago, about the great deeds of Pharaoh Ramses II read not tar, for the ancient Egyptian do not own ... ancient obelisks in Rome, Italy.
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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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  • The second most eternal ancient Egyptian obelisk brought to the City during the Roman Empire adorns the center of Piazza del Popolo. If you want to know more about Rome and its history contact Rome Alexey's Guide to Facebook. Exclusive tours of Rome and the surrounding area with a doctor of art history.
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  • The Obelisk in the center of the scenic Piazza del Polopo is called Obelisco Flaminio. The structure, including the plinth, measures over 36 meters in height. The name, as you can imagine comes from the ancient Via Flaminia and is the second oldest obelist in Rome. He was taken in 10 BC by Augustus from the Temple of the Sun to Heliopolis to celebrate the conquest of Egypt and originally placed in the Circus Maximus along with the Lateran Circus. It was then Pope Sisto V who ordered the relocation where today stands by the architect Domenica Fontana in 1589. The focal point of the urban perspective of the so-called "trident" is today a reference point for every tourist and Roman! @gargio76
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  • The Flaminio obelisks, is part of the 13 ancient obelisks of Rome. It has a height of 24 meters, and with the plinth and the cross reaches over 36 meters. He was decorated under pharaohs Seti I and his son Ramses II. (13th century BC). He was brought from Egypt to Rome for the wish of the Emperor Octavian Augustus, in 10 BC. The undertaking organized for the movement of the imposing monument, having been the first obelist brought to Rome, had much resonance, so much so that the ship used for transport was exhibited for several years. The obelist was then placed at the Circus Maximus; Like many of the other obelisks present in Rome, he had alternating fortunes over the centuries, then at first he did not stand and then fell into oblivion. Only in the sixteenth century did Pope Sisto V, organized a search for the precise location and subsequent excavation, then once recovered (it was broken into three trunks, besides the many fragments) wanted to give him a proper frame and made it used to adorn the important Piazza del Popolo together with the pre-existing fountain (thanks to the admirable work of Domenico Fontana). Today we can admire it in its current location. Note: The so-called ancient obelisks of Rome are 13, here is the list: People's Square: Flaminio obelisco. 24 meters high, Egyptian, era of Ramses II (1279-1213 BC. Quirinale Square: Quirinale obelisco. 15 meters high, Egyptian, undetectable dating. Esquilino Square: Esquilino obelisco. At 15 meters high, Romano, uncertain dating probably of the time of Domitian. Piazza della Rotonda: Macuteo obelisco, inserted in the fountain in the square in front of the Pantheon. 6 meters tall, Egyptian, era of Ramses II (1279-1213 BC), Minerva Square: Minerva obelist, placed on top of Bernini elephant, 6 meters high, Egyptian, era of Pharaoh Aprie (6th century BC). Piazza Montecitorio: 22-metre-high Campense obelish, Egyptian, Psammetic era II (594-589 BC Piazza Navona: Agonale obelisk (inserted in the Fountain of Rivers), 17 meters high, Roman, dating domitian era St. John's Square in Lateran: Lateran obelisk. At 32 metres high, Egyptian, era of Tutmosis III (15th century BC), St. Peter's Square: Vatican obelist. At 25.5 meters high, Egyptian, Nencore era (12th dynasty, 1991-1786 BC). Pincio: Antinous obelisk. At 9 meters high, Romano, it dates back to the time of Emperor Hadrian (118-138) Via of the Baths of Diocletian: Dogal obelisk, 6 meters high, Egyptian, era of Ramses II (1279-1213 BC). Villa Celimontana: Matteiano obelist. At less than 3 meters high, Egyptian, on which the name of Ramses II is carved (1279-1213 BC); Trinity of The Mountains: Sallustian obelisco. Roman, is 13 meters high, uncertain dating is a Roman imitation, of the time of the Emperor Aurelian, of the Egyptian obelisks of the age of Ramses II (1279-1213 BC)
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