My Quest for the Obelisks of Rome

The Quirinal obelisk originally stood in front of the mausoleum of Augustus. Brought ot Piazza del Quirinale in 1786 by Pope Vius VI, who added a large basin (it had been a cattle trough). Two colossal statues flank this obelisk. Now called Castor and Pollux they are copies of Greek works of the 5th c. BC and were set here in 1585-90, even before the obelisk.


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