Rome is home to more obelisks than any other city, a grand total of eighteen, including the world's largest.
The total breaks down into eight ancient Egyptian, five ancient Roman and five modern obelisks.
The ancient Egyptian obelisks:
The ancient Roman obelisks:
The modern obelisks:
Villa Medici: 19th century copy of an obelisk dating back to the reign of Ramses II (r. 1279-1213 BCE), which now stands in the Boboli Garden, Florence.
Villa Torlonia: Two obelisks created in 1842.
Foro Italico: Obelisk created from Cararra marble and dedicated to Benito Mussolini in 1932.
EUR: In Piazza Guglielmo Marconi stands an obelisk (1959) dedicated to Guglielmo Marconi, which was erected for the summer Olympics of 1960.
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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
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