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Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Of the 13 ancient obelisks located around Rome, this is the tallest. It was erected in 1587 in its current position in Piazza Giovanni Paolo II, rising 46 meters (including base). It is also the oldest in Rome, being built in the 14th century BC.

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

Rome has a thing with obelisks. There are a lot of them and this one in the Lateran piazza is the tallest. It is from the temple of Amun of Karnak. It was built in 15BC and transported to Rome in 357. It is covered...More

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Reviewed January 7, 2018

This is the largest standing ancient Egyptian obelisk in the world, and it is also the tallest obelisk in Italy. As it is right outside the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, you can't miss it.

Thank Katherine H
Reviewed December 25, 2017

We sometimes wonder, is there ant antiquities left in Egypt. However a good Egyptian friend said to us, he doesnt mind other countries having things like an obelisk of such, as it is the best travel ad you could, produce every time you see these...More

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Reviewed November 1, 2017

Obelisco Lateranense is a huge obelisk with a very long, chequered history, dating back to the 4th century BC from the Temple of Amun, at Karnak, in Egypt. It is extremely impressive, considering it is the largest of its kind. Worth a look.

Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed September 10, 2017

One of many Obelisk's in Rome, this one features an inscription credited to Constantine. Near the church of St. John of Lateran, this is worth a stop and a look.

Thank Paul L
Reviewed December 21, 2016 via mobile

Just happened to be around the corner from the apartment where we were staying and close to the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano. Worth a look if you are in the vicinity.

Thank John L
Reviewed October 25, 2016

According to Rome Tourism's Obelisk PDF brochure, there are fourteen obelisks in Rome. Eight are Egyptian and six Roman, (the Romans created replicas with hieroglyphs), Obelisco Lateranense is one of the eight Egyptian obelisks. None of the Egyptian obelisks were gifted, Augustus was the first...More

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Reviewed July 24, 2016

The Lateran Obelisk is the tallest authentic Egyptian obelisk in the world. Originally erected in Eqypt in the 15th century BC(!), it was brought to Rome on a boat specially built for the purpose in 357 AD. Reassembled and damaged a couple of times throughout...More

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Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

Being the largest in the world and it's still quite small. But when you think how old it is too then it's pretty impressive. It doesn't look it's age. It looks like it was created yesterday. I don't like the fact that it's stolen and...More

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The Lateran Obelisk is the largest standing ancient Egyptian obelisk in the world, and it is also the tallest obelisk in Italy. It originally weighed 413 metric tons (455 tons), but after collapsing and being re-erected 4... More
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