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A Piece of Egyptian History in Rome

There are a few obelisks within the city of Rome, and given the history of this great empire, it... read more

Reviewed March 10, 2019
Solare obelisk

This red granite ancient Egyptian obelisk was brought back from Heliopolis in 10 BC by Emperor... read more

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Reviewed March 10, 2019

There are a few obelisks within the city of Rome, and given the history of this great empire, it only makes sense. I love to look up the history of each one, including this one. Behind it, is the parliament building which was not its...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed February 8, 2019

Egyptian obelisk at the center of the square built around 590 B.C. and brought here during the Roman era from the city of Heliopolis. It is located in front of the Palazzo Montecitorio.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed December 21, 2018

This red granite ancient Egyptian obelisk was brought back from Heliopolis in 10 BC by Emperor Augustus to be used as a sundial of the Solarium Augusti. This obelisk is also known as the Solare Obelisk.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 2, 2018

A giant, ancient Egyptian obelisk of red granite, brought to Rome by the Emperor Augustus. The obelisk was once a giant sundial (stars on the pavement mark the ancient meridian). The obelisk stands in front of the Palazzo Montecitorio, the Italian Chamber of Deputies, in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 19, 2018

You wouldn't expect to come across an Egyptian Obelisk situated in a quiet piazza in between the Pantheon and Via Del Corso.........But there it is. Worth seeking out if you're passing nearby, perhaps on the way to the Trevi or Colonna Di Marco Aurelio but,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 12, 2018

A beautiful Red Granite Obelisk from Heliopolis in the heart of Rome. Another attraction we didn’t set out to see but something I was glad to have seen. It looks entirely lout of place in the centre of the Roman buildings, this distinctly Egyptian Obelisk...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed June 16, 2018

This obelisk (1 of 13 located in Rome) sits in Piazza di Monte Citorio in front of Palazzo Montecitorio. Originally, the obelisk was used as a gnomon of a sundial. It was brought to Rome in 10 BC. The entire structure is 110 feet tall...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed June 6, 2018

This obelisk is located in Piazza di Monte Citorio in front of the Chamber of Deputies. It is one of eight Egyptian obelisks located throughout the City. It originated in Egypt in the late 6th century BC and was subsequently brought to Rome in 10BC...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Dan L
Reviewed May 8, 2018

Passed this on our way through the streets after seeing the columns of Hadrian. An excellent obelisk and worth taking a detour to see it (if not going right past!).

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed February 16, 2018

This obelisk was originally quarried and carved in Egypt during the 6th century BC, and was brought to Rome by Augustus in 10 BC. It was originally erected as a sundial but proved inaccurate. During the 8th century if fell, broke into five pieces and...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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