"The Stolen Ornaments of Conquered Lands" Rome Favorite Tip by mrclay2000

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  Piazza Minerva
by mrclay2000

Favorite thing: All of Rome's 15 obelisks are permanently borrowed from Egypt or the Levant, stolen by emperors from Augustus to Constantine. (Paris and London can only claim one each, both gifts from the 19th century.) Today the obelisks stand on often-ornate pediments and decorate squares throughout the city (Navona, Trinita dei Monti, San Pietro, Laterano, Rotonda, Popolo, etc) and are just another wonderful and unique aspect of this enchanting Eternal City.

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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