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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

25/10/2018, 08:36

#romeisus, #rome, #roma, #obelisco, #quirinale, #dioscuri



OBELISK-AT-THE-QUIRINAL-HILL
OBELISK-AT-THE-QUIRINAL-HILL


 Could a monument descrcibe the long history of an ancient city? Yes, of course! If you’re talking about Rome and its obelisk at the Quirinal Hill!



In front of the Quirinal Palace, a building made five centuries ago and today used as the institutional and official private residence of the Presidents of the Republic of Italy, you must observe this great monument! The obelisk, the big granite column, problably will be the first element that you will see. Just the obelisk is 15 mt tall (almost 50 ft), but counting also the base it is 29 mt tall (almost 90 ft). In Rome you will find several obelisks and all of them are clear symbol of another civilization, older than the Roman one: I’m talking about the ancient Egypt, a mysteiorus land conquered by the ancient Romans around the I century BC. They brought in Rome, as war throphies, a lot of ornaments, like some obelisks. This one, at the top of the so called Quirinal Hill (one of the famous seven hills of Rome), was moved from Egypt to Rome by #Augustus, first Roman emperor. With another huge granite obelisk, this one stood in front of his mausoleum. Both were moved from their original location, as in this case. This obelisk was put here by the Pope Pio VI at the 1786. Usually Popes did something like that, moving obelisks from their original places. Why? Sometimes simply to underline how powerful they could be, like ancient Roman emperors! Moreover, we know that the all monument, with the base where still today there is an inscription dedicated to the Pope Pio VI, was added by the architect Raphael Stern at the 1818. But the monument is completed by the two majestic marble sculpted group: you can see two twins, two handsome boys with their perfect bodies, detailled muscles and proud faces. They are the so called Dioscuri, the two twins who were Jupiter’s children and who were converted to stars, according to the ancient mythology. They became an astrological sign: the Gemini! Imagine how the two sculpted group were completed around the III century AD, so the Roman Age. And now, now that you know a lot of things about this monuments, try to think about that: you are in front of something that is depicting the Egyptian Age (obelisk), the Roman Age (the two Dioscuri) but also the Modern Age, when Rome was ruled by Popes until two centuries ago (Pope Pio VI). It is incredibile, isn’t it? #romeisus #Rome #Quirinal #Hill #archeology #Dioscuri #obelisk #atourguiderome


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