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GetCOO | Obelisco Lateranense

Obelisco Lateranense

The Lateran Obelisk is the largest standing ancient Egyptian obelisk in the world, and it is also the tallest obelisk in Italy, weighing 455 tons. It’s located in the square across from the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran and the San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital. Originally from the temple of Amun in Karnak, the obelisk was first brought to Alexandria over the Nile by obelisk ship in the early 4th century along with the Obelisk of Theodosius by Constantius II. He intended to bring them both to Constantinople, his new capital for the Roman empire. The obelisk never made it there, Constantius II had the Lateran obelisk shipped to Rome when he made his only visit there in 357.