SHEILA TERRY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SHEILA TERRY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Egyptian obelisk in Rome. This obelisk, called the obelisco Flaminio, stands in the centre of the Piazza del Popolo in Rome, Italy. It is the second largest obelisk in Rome and reaches a height of 36.5 metres. The obelisk originally stood in Heliopolis, Egypt, during the reign of Ramses II in the 19th dynasty (13th century BC). It was brought to Rome in the year 10 BC by order of the emperor Augustus and placed in the Circus Maximus (a Roman entertainment venue). It was discovered broken into three pieces in 1587 but was repaired and re-erected in the Piazza del Popolo in 1589 by the Italian architect and engineer Domenico Fontana (1543-1607).
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