Route: SURPRISING NATURE. THE HISTORICAL GARDENS
Via della Navicella 12, Piazzale SS. Giovanni…
You are along the route: EGYPT THE EMPIRE THE POPES. THE CITY OF OBELISKS
Via della Navicella
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Brought to Rome from the temple of Heliopolis in Egypt in Roman times, the obelisk consists of two monoliths; the upper, topped by a bronze sphere, is decorated with hieroglyphics relating Pharaoh Ramses II (XIII century BC), the lower one, without inscriptions, is more recent. It once adorned the sanctuary of Isis in the Campus Martius with other obelisks. Placed in the fourteenth century near the church of Aracoeli, it was later granted by the Secret Council of the Capitoline City to Ciriaco Mattei, who used it to decorate the centre of an open-air theatre at his villa on the Celio. It has been in its current location, the work of the architect Antonio Celles, since 1817 and was restored by the Municipality of Rome between 2008 and 2009.
Picture by permission from Roma Capitale-Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali
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