The Fountain of the Dioscuri (1818) was commissioned by Pope Pius VII (r. 1800-23) and designed by Raffaele Stern, using an ancient Roman granite basin.
The statues of Castor and Pollux (the Dioscuri) were unearthed in the Baths of Constantine, which stood on the site of the Palazzo del Quirinale.
The obelisk, one of a pair, once stood outside the entrance to the Mausoleum of Augustus.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
small-group walking tours
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