Carlitos Lunghi Site
The obelisks were a coveted booty for the insatiable conquerors of Egypt.
Asurbanipal brought two to Assyria. The Roman Emperors brought a good number
to Rome, the city with the world's record with 13 obelisks (12 in Rome and 1 in the
Vatican City) and also to Constantinople.
When the Roman Empire was in decline, one by one the obelisks began to fall,
remaining buried until the Renaissance when there began to be interest in them
At the end of the 16th century, Pope Sixtus V conceived of the idea of using the
obelisks as markers for pilgrims who visited Rome and it was his idea to place them
in front of the major basilicas so that they might be visible from a distance,
"christianizing" them by adding a cross at the top.
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