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Pincio Obelisk

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Obelisco del Pincio

Viale dell’obelisco
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This obelisk was commissioned by Hadrian in memory of his beloved Antinous, who drowned in the Nile in 130 AD, in mysterious circumstances. The monolith was initially located on the young man’s tomb, which, according to a recent hypothesis, was on the Palatine; the writing in Egyptian-style was by Roman hand. At the behest of Heliogabalus, in the third century, it was transferred to the Circus Variano, to the Santa Croce in Gerusalemme (Holy Cross in Jerusalem), where it was found in the sixteenth century. In 1633 Urban VIII had it taken to the gardens of the Palazzo Barberini, where it remained until 1773, when Cornelia Barberini donated it to Pope Clement XIV. The pope placed it in the courtyard of the Pigna in the Vatican. From there he was taken and put in place definitively in Piazza Bulgaria on the Pincio by Giuseppe Marini in 1822, under Pope Pius VII.

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Viale dell'Obelisco, 00187 Roma, Italy

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