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Reviewed September 19, 2014

we saw alot of obelisks in our visit of rome and this is just one like others.that's right that this one has been located in vatican country/city,and perhaps the only one in this little country(dont know exactly),but because all the travellers who come to vatican,have visited rome and it's obelisks before,so it may seem similar.the oldness and good preservation can be appreciated,but for me, i liked some other obelisks in rome like the one in piazza Navona, with great Hiroglif alphabets on it , more.

Date of experience: August 2014
Thank mr_mrs_alaeddin
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Reviewed September 15, 2014

At the center of St. Peter's Square stands this 1C BC obelisk from Heliopolis in Egypt said to have been brought to Rome on the order of Caligula. Moved to the Piazza in 1585 at the urging of PopeSixtus V, it is topped by a cross. Compared to obelisks we have seen on Egypt, This one is of moderate interest. But the juxtaposition of this ancient artifact in the renaissance/ baroque setting of the Vatican is quite startling and easily overshadowed by Bernini's colonnade and Michelangelo 's dome.

Date of experience: August 2014
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Reviewed September 12, 2014

Rome is full of two things: churches and obelisks. Some say that Rome has got more obelisks than egypt. This an Egyptian Obelisk from Heliopolis but has NO hieroglyphs. In 37 AD, Emperor Caligula transported it to Rome, and erected it in the Caligula Circus . It´s the only obelisk in Rome that has not toppled since Roman times.

Date of experience: December 2013
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Reviewed September 6, 2014

In the middle of Rome there is the Egyptian Obelisk in St. Peters Square. While it has significance I was not overwhelmed. Vatican city is a must for any traveler to Rome so enjoy the fact there is an Egyptian Obelisk and continue your tour.

Date of experience: October 2013
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Reviewed September 3, 2014

This Obelisk is one of many in Rome and is huge and impressive. It is a reminder of Rome's greatness in it's height of conquering other nations. Many riches came out of Egypt and the art work is displayed in the Vatican museum

Date of experience: October 2013
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