Obelisco Flaminio

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Mairwen1
By Mairwen1
Ancient Egyptian Obelisk in Piazza Del Popolo
Jun 2022
This enormous 79 foot tall Egyptian obelisk dominates Piazza del Popolo. Standing in the centre of the piazza, it towers over everything else. It’s a curious thing but Rome has more ancient Egyptian obelisks than Egypt. Following the conquest of Egypt, Roman emperors helped themselves to the monuments and brought them back to Rome to decorate mausoleums and stadiums. This particular obelisk started life at the temple of the sun-god, Ra at Heliopolis. It was erected by the pharoahs, Seti I (1318-1304 BC) and his son Ramses II. However the Roman emperor Augustus spotted it and decided it would be just the thing for his new Circus Maximus, although it can’t have been an easy task to bring a 263 ton granite obelisk back to Rome. After the fall of Rome, it lay broken and was increasingly covered by debris until it was completely forgotten. It lay undiscovered for centuries. By chance, in 1587 it was uncovered and was excavated, repaired and re-erected at Piazza del Popolo by Pope Sixtus V. One of the best things about it this obelisk is that, despite its age and its travels, you can still very clearly see the distinct hieroglyphic carvings. If you crane your neck upwards to the top, you’ll also see some distinctly non-Egyptian looking parts. There’s a Christian cross and stylised mountains and star, which were the pope’s family crest. These were added when it was moved here. The lion fountains around the base were added much later in 1818 when Giuseppe Valadier re-designed the whole piazza.

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Malgorzata
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The Flaminio Obelisk is one of the thirteen ancient obelisks in Rome and it is located in the Piazza del Popolo. It is 24 m (67 ft) high and with the base and the cross reaches 36.50 m . In 10 BC it was brought to Rome from Heliopois by command of Augustus, together with the Obelisk of Montecitorio, and placed on the Circus Maximus. In 1589, Pope Sixtus V placed this obelisk on the Piazza del Popolo. It was erected in the Piazza del Popolo by Domenico Fontana. In 1823 Giuseppe Valadier embellished it with a base having four circular basins and stone lions, imitating the Egyptian style. Very impressive .
Written March 7, 2020
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dapper777
Monaco32,182 contributions
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The obelisk in Piazza del Popolo, known as the Obelisco Flaminio, named after the ancient Via Flaminia (which originates from the adjacent square), is the second oldest obelisk in Rome.
It is 24 meters high, but with the base it reaches 34 meters.
The monument comes from Heliopolis, where it stood in front of the Temple of the Sun.
Its hieroglyphs show the name of the pharaoh Ramses II and his son Mineptah (13th century BC). It was dedicated to the god of the Sun, Ra, who for the Romans and the Greeks was like Apollo, the tutelary deity of the emperor, It was the first obelisk that was transported to Rome by ship as a decorative element for the Circus Maximus (350 years later he would have been joined by the Lateran Obelisk) in 10 AD, under the first Roman emperor, Augustus after the battle of Actio.
It was transported to the center of Piazza del Popolo by Domenico Fontana, perfect executor of the urban planning concepts of Sixtus V (1589).
At its base was the fountain of Trullo, the work of Giacomo Della Porta, today in Piazza Nicosia.
In 1823, by order of Pope Leo XII, Giuseppe Valadier decorated it with a base with four circular basins and four stone lions, in Egyptian style, from whose mouths the water flows out in a fan shape.
Absolutely spectacular.
Written August 23, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom6,620 contributions
This enormous 79 foot tall Egyptian obelisk dominates Piazza del Popolo. Standing in the centre of the piazza, it towers over everything else.
It’s a curious thing but Rome has more ancient Egyptian obelisks than Egypt. Following the conquest of Egypt, Roman emperors helped themselves to the monuments and brought them back to Rome to decorate mausoleums and stadiums.
This particular obelisk started life at the temple of the sun-god, Ra at Heliopolis. It was erected by the pharoahs, Seti I (1318-1304 BC) and his son Ramses II.
However the Roman emperor Augustus spotted it and decided it would be just the thing for his new Circus Maximus, although it can’t have been an easy task to bring a 263 ton granite obelisk back to Rome.
After the fall of Rome, it lay broken and was increasingly covered by debris until it was completely forgotten. It lay undiscovered for centuries. By chance, in 1587 it was uncovered and was excavated, repaired and re-erected at Piazza del Popolo by Pope Sixtus V.
One of the best things about it this obelisk is that, despite its age and its travels, you can still very clearly see the distinct hieroglyphic carvings. If you crane your neck upwards to the top, you’ll also see some distinctly non-Egyptian looking parts. There’s a Christian cross and stylised mountains and star, which were the pope’s family crest. These were added when it was moved here. The lion fountains around the base were added much later in 1818 when Giuseppe Valadier re-designed the whole piazza.
Written July 14, 2022
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China148,400 contributions
Couples
At the centre of Piazza del Popolo you can see a feature attractions of the area, the 3,200 year old Flaminio Obelisk. The oblelisk reaches 36 meters into the sky, from base to the tip of its cross and is one of our favourite things to see when visiting this area of Rome

Historically, Flaminio Obelisk was constructed in Egypt in 13th century BC under Ramses II. It sat at the Temple of Heliopolis for over 1000 years until the defeat of Cleopatra. At that time, Augustus had the obelisk removed and brought to Rome in 10 BC, where it was placed in the Circus Maximus.

At some point during the decline and fall of Rome, the obelisk was partially destroyed. It rested in broken condition, amongst the ruins for many centuries until Pope Sixtus V ordered it to be repaired and erected at Piazza del Popolo in 1589. Later, in 1823, Giuseppe Valadier created the lion figures which now adorn the base of Flaminio Obelisk, creating the lovely image you can see today.

Somewhat surprisingly, the hieroglyphs on Flaminio Obelisk are in pretty good condition considering its age and past. Its position in the centre of the round piazza gives it prominence and allows for nice photos of this ancient monument.

Hint: If you stand in the right position, near Santa Maria del Popolo church you can alight the obelisk with Via del Corso behind it. Here you will have the twin churches on the south side of the piazza evenly situated on either site of the obelisk. It is neat photo to try and take.
Written May 7, 2015
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Ellinlaw .
Finksburg, MD469 contributions
Solo
Located in Piazza del Popolo, the Flaminio Obelisk is one of the 13 ancient Egyptian obelisks in Rome. Taking its name from via Flaminia that connected Rome with Rimini, the Flaminio Obelisk is third in height after the Lateran and Vatican obelisks. With a height of 24 m (approximately 36m with base and cross), the Flaminio Obelisk was build in the 13th century BC during the kingdom of Pharaohs Sethi I and Ramesses II and placed in Heliopolis as a dedication to the Egyptian god Ra. Three centuries later, it was brought to Rome by command of Augustus together with the Obelisk of Montecitorio and placed in Circus Maximus. During the fall of Rome, the obelisk was partially destroyed. In 1587 the obelisk was discovered broken in 3 pieces and, at the command of Pope Sixtus V, was restored and placed in Piazza del Popolo in 1589 by the Swiss architect Domenico Fontana. Later, in 1823, the Roman architect Giuseppe Valadier embellished it with a base having four circular basins and stone lions.
Written March 25, 2019
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JenandNeil365
Belfast, UK768 contributions
Couples
This hugely impressive obelisk stands in the middle of the Piazza del Popolo. It dates back thousands of years to ancient Egyptian times. There are four large fountains in the shape of lions at its base. Overall a really interesting structure. If you enjoy relaxing and watching the world go by I'd recommend taking a seat at the base of the obelisk, it's an ideal spot for it.
Written August 2, 2016
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DaveMatt7
Kirknewton, UK568 contributions
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Unfortunately when we visted Rome in October 2015 the obelisk was under renovation, however it was still visible from a side panel. Once complete it will once again become the centre piece of the Piazza del Popolo. The obelisk was was built in the 13th century BC under Pharaohs Rameses II and Merneptah and stood in the Temple of Sun in Heliopolis. It was brought to Rome in 10 BC by order of Augustus and placed on the spina of the Circus Maximus. It was discovered in 1857 in 3 pieces and erected at the command of Pope Sixtus V in the Piazza del Popolo in 1589.
Written July 22, 2016
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Gl0balCitizen2013
United Kingdom2,837 contributions
Family
Civilizations come and civilizations go. While the sun sets on one empire, another rises up. This obelisk was commissioned by an Egyptian Pharaoh Rameses II and features Egyptian hieroglyphics and was brought to Rome by Emperor Augustus.It was placed at Circus Maximus and later shifted to its present venue. It is very high, quite commanding and most importantly, it is the REAL DEAL.Both empires have long since perished and hopefully all kings and queens will be a thing of the past by the next century and democracy will prevail everywhere.

The obelisk occupies a central position in Piazza del Popolo (the people's square) and is well worth a visit. On our first visit to Rome, we could sit at the base of the obelisk, but on our last visit the base was cordoned off for renovations.
Written July 3, 2016
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Borzov
Rijeka, Croatia5,256 contributions
Solo
The Egyptian obelisk, built in the 13th century B.C. by Pharaohs Sety I and Rameses II, was brought to Rome in 10 B.C. by Emperor Augustus (together with the Obelisk of Montecitorio) and placed in the Circus Maximus. It was discovered, broken, in 1587 end erected in the Piazza del Popolo. Valadier later added the four basins and stone lions around its base.
Written April 23, 2016
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high_low73
Bergen, Norway790 contributions
Family
This obelisk can fool you. At first glance we looked at the monument and yes it was impressive, but wondered about what it was. Let me tell you. The obelisk is 3200 years old and ordered by Ramesses II. Brought to Rome in 10 BC by command of Augustus and placed in Circus Maximus. Rediscovered and erected in the Piazza del Popolo in 1589. Together with the later added base and cross on the top it reaches over 36m.
Written April 20, 2016
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