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Obelisco Lateranense, Rome

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The Lateran Obelisk is the largest standing ancient Egyptian obelisk in the world, and it is also the tallest obelisk in Italy. It originally weighed 413 metric tons (455 tons), but after collapsing and being re-erected 4 meters (13 feet) shorter, now weighs around 300 metric tons (330 tons). It is located in the square across from the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran and the San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital.HistoryOriginally from the temple of Amun in Karnak, the obelisk was first brought to Alexandria over the Nile by obelisk ship in the early 4th century along with the Obelisk of Theodosius by Constantius II. He intended to bring them both to Constantinople, his new capital for the Roman empire. The obelisk never made it there.Circus MaximusAfter the obelisk remained a few decades in Alexandria, Constantius II had the Lateran obelisk shipped to Rome when he made his only visit there in 357. It was erected near the Egyptian obelisk called the Flaminio, which had stood since 10 BC where it was installed by Augustus to decorate the spina of the Circus Maximus. There they both remained, until after the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century the Circus Maximus was abandoned and they eventually broke or were taken down. They were eventually buried by mud and detritus carried by a small stream there over time.
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  • Situated in Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano, this is the highest obelisk in Rome and the highest Egyptian obelisk that still remains raised. It is located next to the magnificent Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano.
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  • The laterranese obelisk is a giant obelisk that stands in the square behind The Laterano Inn Laterano Cathedral. It's big, but each side is full of Egyptian hierogiff.
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  • Of the 13 obelisks present in Rome this is the oldest of all since it dates from about 1500 BC. Like all the obelisks in Rome, a cross has been added to the top.
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  • Beautiful area. Cafe L’800 around the corner
  • Beautiful place. Old structures
  • Tallest Egyptian obelisk in Rome. Located around the back (right) of the Basilica of San Giovanni Laterano. This obelisk has a rich history detailed already in the reviews below. You shouldn't miss the Basilica or this obelisk when in Rome.
  • Egyptian obelisk located at Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano.
  • Stumbled on this ancient obelisk and read about it on Wikipedia - amazing history and story behind it.
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