"the column of Montecitorio" Colonna Marco Aurelio - Column of Marcus Aurelius Tip by tompt

  Column of Montecitorio
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The column dates back to 7th century B.C. and was brought to Rome by Augustus. It was placed as a sundial in a square, its shadow indicated the hours of the day and the days of the year. It became inaccurate and was lost in time.
The column was found split in the times of pope Julius II. He thought the egyptian hierglyfs were a key to Adam before sin. It would take untill 1748 before it was dug out in 5 pieces and repaired. In 1792 it was erected in front of Palazzo di Montecitorio. The reliefs are partially lost. On top of the column is a symbol of the coat of arms of Pius VI, pope during the restoration of the column. A peak was added as a reminder of its use as sundial.

Address: Piazza Colonna

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  • Written Feb 3, 2004
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