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Piazza del Popolo obelisk, Rome, Italy by T. E. Smith-Lamothe

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T. E. Smith-Lamothe T. E. Smith-Lamothe
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1
Print Pricing
$21.00 to $816.00
Size
0.05 Gigapixels
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4757
Date added
Aug 09, 2008
Date taken
May 21, 2007
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Canon G7

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This 4,000 year old red granite obelisk (sometimes referred to as the obelisk of Rameses II) required an unimaginable amount of effort and energy to transplant from its native Egypt to this "Square of the People" (originally "Square of the Poplars" in older translations) in Rome, Italy. The mind boggles! The panorama method enables even the hieroglyphs at the very top of the obelisk to be read clearly. The Piazza is at one end of the Via del Corso, one of the main high-end shopping streets in Rome. We reached it riding a small electric city bus which was part public transport and part rollicking amusement park ride! In the 2009 movie "Angels and Demons", this location and obelisk are seen on the way to the first crime scene in the movie, by the way.


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