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Elephant and Obelisk

Twelve Egyptian obelisks are scattered throughout Rome. The smallest one towers atop a most unusual base: a carved elephant.

Diocletian, the Roman emperor from 284 to 305, brought the Egyptian obelisk to Rome. It was rediscovered in the 17th century, and Pope Alexander VII commissioned its erection.



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