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Esquiline Obelisk

You are along the route: EGYPT THE EMPIRE THE POPES. THE CITY OF OBELISKS

obelisco esquilino

Piazza Esquilino
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Along the rear facade of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is Piazza Esquilino, in the middle of which Pope Sixtus V, in 1587, commissioned Domenico Fontana to erect the small obelisk that had been found near the church of S. Rocco a Ripetta during an excavation in 1519.
The monolith, a Roman imitation of the Egyptian, once decorated the entrance of the mausoleum of Augustus paired with another, which is now in Piazza del Quirinale. The location of the monument was designed by the architect in conjunction with the construction of the new road axis of the Strada Felice, designed to link the Trinità dei Monti with the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme.

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Piazza dell'Esquilino, Roma, Italia

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