The Vatican Obelisk

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Wanda Marcussen
published on 16 February 2020
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The origin of the Vatican Obelisk is unknown except that is was erected in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis. After reaching Rome, the obelisk was placed by Emperor Caligula (r. 37–41 CE) in the circus he had constructed close to where the Vatican stands today. It was moved to its current location in St. Peter's Square in 1586 CE.

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Wanda Marcussen
Wanda has studied International Relations with specialization in History at The University of Oslo, and is currently studying for her Master's degree in Environmental History at Trinity College Dublin.

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Marcussen, W. (2020, February 16). The Vatican Obelisk. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Marcussen, Wanda. "The Vatican Obelisk." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified February 16, 2020.

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Marcussen, Wanda. "The Vatican Obelisk." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 16 Feb 2020. Web. 23 Jul 2024.