Route: THE FASCINATION OF THE CLASSICS. GOETHE AND CANOVA
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Piazza del Popolo
The Flaminio Obelisk is a red granite monolith, approximately 23 meters high which originally stood in Heliopolis, in Egypt, and was built for Pharaoh Ramses II (XIII century BC) Emperor Augustus brought it to Rome, where it was dedicated to the Sun, and located in the Circus Maximus on the spine, the balustrade that ran in the middle of the track and around which the chariots turned during the race. Unearthed during the papacy of Sixtus V, it was erected in 1589 in Piazza del Popolo, to emphasize the importance of this monumental entrance to the city from the north. Only in the second decade of the nineteenth century, when reordering the area to plans by the architect Valadier, were the baths and the four lions in Egyptian style added at the foot of the obelisk, which crowns the three roads from the south that converge on the square.
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