Quirinale Obelisk

The obelisk presently located on the Quirinal Hill in Rome used to embellish the Mausoleum of Augustus, together with what is now known as the Obelisco Esquilino.

Quirinale Obelisk Rome

It embellishes the Fontana de Monte Cavallo, between the statues of the Dioscuri Castor and Pollux. Although the pedestal bears an inscription saying the statues were made by Fidia and Prassitele, in reality these are copies of Greek originals.

Between the two statues there is a fountain, fed by the Felice Aqueduct.

Pope Pius VI was responsible for the obelisk’s move from the Mausoleo di Agosto to the Quirinale. The architect Giovanni Antinori ran into great difficulties, since the statues turned out quite difficult to handle and it took two attempts to remove the 15m tall obelisk to its present site.

Obelisco del Quirinale, Rome

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