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Obelisk of the Foro Italico

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Obelisco del Foro Italico

Piazza Lauro de Bosis
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The square accessing the sports complex of the Foro Italico is dedicated to Lauro De Bosis and is decorated in mosaics with written glorification of Fascism and youth. At its centre stands Mussolini’s obelisk, built by Costantino Costantini in 1932. It is 17.4 metres tall and, with the base, the spire reached a height of 36.59 m. The monument, inscribed Mussolini Dux, cost over than 2 million lire; over half a million lire for the spire in pure gold, which went missing in the days following the fall of Fascism. The purpose of the monument, inaugurated in front of the Foro Italico sports complex on the historic anniversary of October 29, 1932, was to celebrate Fascist architecture and the tenth anniversary of the March on Rome.

Picture by permission from Roma Capitale-Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali
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How to get the step: Obelisk of the Foro Italico

Piazza Lauro de Bosis, 00135 Roma, Italy

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