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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
OnYourMarkTravel
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Wyoming
Solare obelisk

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

Reviewed December 21, 2018
nellielim
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed April 14, 2017

This is one of a few obelisks that were taken from Egypt and brought to Rome (by Augustus) when the Romans conquered that country. This red granite obelisk is about 2500 years old and still has quite clear engravings on it. It sits in the Piazza Monte Citorio.

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed January 22, 2017

The obelisk is located in the center of a rather plain square, facing the Italian Parliament.
The obelisk is also known as "Solare".

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed January 16, 2017

This is an original ancient Obelisk from Egypt. It is worth seeing and is very cool to see. The hieroglyphs are somewhat faded but the history is worth seeing. It is close to the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain.

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank 95nikop
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Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

You can't see an obelisk with this much detail on it every day. Worth a quick look if in the area. Wouldn't go out of the way to see it but while there it's good.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Ace28065
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Reviewed April 27, 2016

The obelisk was originally made in Egypt’s city Heliopolis (nowadays a suburb of Cairo) in the 6th century B.C. during the reign of the pharaoh Psammethicus II. It was brought to Rome in 10 B.C. by the first Roman emperor Augustus (known also as Octavian) at the same time with Obelisco Flaminio. Before it was placed here, it was used in the Campus Martius as a part of the largest sundial of the ancient world.

Date of experience: March 2016
2  Thank Borzov
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