The 'Esquiline' Obelisk (14.75 m) stands in Piazza dell' Esquilino, at the rear of the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. The obelisk was unearthed (broken into several pieces) in 1519, near the ruins of the Mausoleum of Augustus. However, it wasn’t until the reign of Pope Sixtus V (r. 1585-90) that it was re-erected. In 1587 the pope had it set up in the piazza in front of the entrance to his property, Villa Peretti Montalto. The villa was destroyed in the 19th century to make way for the building of Stazione Termini.