Obelisco Sallustiano

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Mairwen1
By Mairwen1
135 Steps Up to the Egyptian Obelisk
Jun 2022
Just about every tourist finds themselves at the Spanish Steps at some point. What’s surprising, is finding an Egyptian obelisk at the top. It’s strange thing but there are more Egyptian obelisks in Rome than in Egypt. After the conquest of Egypt, the ancient Roman emperors helped themselves. Despite the enormous logistical difficulties involved with transporting these giant granite stones, they shipped around 50 of the things off to Rome anyway, and used them to decorate stadiums and mausoleums. Later, popes re-purposed them to decorate piazzas and palaces. This one was most likely brought to Rome by Aureliano and decorated the Gardens of Sallust until it was torn down by the invading Visigoths in the 5th century. Broken and abandoned, it lay forgotten for centuries until Pope Pius VI had the obelisk installed here in 1789. As far as obelisks go, it’s rather small, standing at just under 14m tall (30m with pedestal). With four tapered sides and made from a giant single piece of red granite, it looks like a traditional Egyptian obelisk but it’s a bit of a fake. Although it was made in Egypt from the Aswan quarries, it was made during Roman times (not Egyptian times). The hieroglyphs are not authentic and were only added after the monument arrived in Rome. They were copied (rather badly) from the obelisk at the Piazza del Popolo. Whether the bloke on the job got bored or was just sloppy, it’s hard to know but he managed to copy some symbols back-to-front and others, upside down. There are also some distinctly non-Egyptian, Christian symbols, the most obvious being the cross and the lily and star which form Pope Pius VI’s coat of arms.

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Malgorzata
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One of the thirteen ancient obelisks scattered in the squares of Rome, stands on top of Trinità dei Monti. It was carved in red granite in Aswan, in Roman times. Once in Rome, its surface was carved, copying the hieroglyphs of Seti I and Ramses II. Along with the church which stand behind it looks very impressive. Very picturesque. It is also a meeting place for people in Rome after shopping at Via dei Condotti.
Written February 28, 2020
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Foodie_CST🍽🇷🇴
Kolios, Greece5,191 contributions
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Pretty interesting roman obelisk, it's located on top of the of the Spanish Steps. Not necesarily a must visit but for sure you will see it once you climb up the stairs.
Written May 16, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom6,620 contributions
Just about every tourist finds themselves at the Spanish Steps at some point. What’s surprising, is finding an Egyptian obelisk at the top.
It’s strange thing but there are more Egyptian obelisks in Rome than in Egypt. After the conquest of Egypt, the ancient Roman emperors helped themselves. Despite the enormous logistical difficulties involved with transporting these giant granite stones, they shipped around 50 of the things off to Rome anyway, and used them to decorate stadiums and mausoleums. Later, popes re-purposed them to decorate piazzas and palaces.
This one was most likely brought to Rome by Aureliano and decorated the Gardens of Sallust until it was torn down by the invading Visigoths in the 5th century. Broken and abandoned, it lay forgotten for centuries until Pope Pius VI had the obelisk installed here in 1789.
As far as obelisks go, it’s rather small, standing at just under 14m tall (30m with pedestal).
With four tapered sides and made from a giant single piece of red granite, it looks like a traditional Egyptian obelisk but it’s a bit of a fake. Although it was made in Egypt from the Aswan quarries, it was made during Roman times (not Egyptian times). The hieroglyphs are not authentic and were only added after the monument arrived in Rome. They were copied (rather badly) from the obelisk at the Piazza del Popolo. Whether the bloke on the job got bored or was just sloppy, it’s hard to know but he managed to copy some symbols back-to-front and others, upside down.
There are also some distinctly non-Egyptian, Christian symbols, the most obvious being the cross and the lily and star which form Pope Pius VI’s coat of arms.
Written July 26, 2022
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia40,315 contributions
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This obelisk stands in the area, the piazza, in front of the Trinita dei Monti, just above the Spanish Steps. It is an imposing monument, but you would not really go out of your way to just see that. You would really go there to get hold of the amazing views you get from the top of the Spanish Steps! And of course you would pass by it in order to visit the church, the Trinita dei Monti, a beautiful site. The obelisk may not be an original Egyptian one, however it is Roman made and it is a couple of thousand years old. It was specifically made for the gardens of the Roman historian Sallust, in the 1st century, AD. It's worth a look, at least.
Written December 4, 2017
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China148,459 contributions
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At the top of the Spanish Steps you can find the Sallustiano Obelisk (Obelisco Sallustiano) standing before Trinity de Trinità dei Monti church. This is an 18th century Roman made monument constructed in style and manner of the ancient Egyptian obelisks.

Sallustiano Obelisk features Egyptian hieroglyphs and highly resembles the ancient Flaminio Obelisk, which is situated in nearby Piazza del Popolo. It is neat monument to see even if only an imitation and is worth taking a few minutes of your time once you've made your way up the Spanish Steps.

If you enjoy seeing Egyptian obelisks, you may want to make time to visit Piazza del Popolo, not too far from this location to see the 3200 year old Flaminio Obelisk for which Sallustiano Obelisk was likely based upon. Flaminio Obelisk is an impressive ancient monument.
Written May 7, 2015
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nnmercman
Camberley, UK13,261 contributions
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Obelisk is immediately in front of the Trinita dei Monti church at top of the Spanish Steps and to be honest it detracts from the church facade when looking up the Steps. This obelisk is one of many in Rome and is not a genuine Egyptian structure but Roman imitation! (Hieroglyphics were copied from those on the obelisk in Piazza del Popolo).
Written April 27, 2019
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson17,485 contributions
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Okay, this is not the real McCoy by a long shot. But it is a talented re-creation with all the bells and whistles and hieroglyphics (circa ancient Pharaohs) to fool most of the people most of the time. But it looks so darned-real and so convincing and who would know? All that glitters is not gold nor are all obelisks all that they are cracked up to be. But it's pretty. And it has Egyptian writing on it.

Continue on. Take look-see, make a photo-op with the steps in the background, and move on. This is not historical in the true meaning of the word.

Who would know?
Written October 20, 2018
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Lance H
Boerne, TX1,277 contributions
Stop and check out the obelisk as you begin down the Spanish Steps or while your resting after walking up. Even though it is not authentic Egyptian, it is still very old. It is positioned well at the top of the steps, in front of the church.
Written February 27, 2020
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KatielouAustralia
Hobart, Australia1,606 contributions
There seems to be an obelisk in nearly every piazza in Rome so it does become a bit humdrum. This one sits in front of the church at the top of the Spanish Steps.
Written October 17, 2019
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Kevin S
Pontypool, UK2,399 contributions
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I'm no expert in massive Obelisk type designs but it looks alright to me even if it has got knock off hieroglyphics on it.
Love the location and good vibe around the Piazza below.
Written August 29, 2019
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