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Piazza del Popolo

The Piazza del Popolo, also called Tridente, is one of the biggest squares in Rome. The square is arranged in perfect symmetry. In the centre of the plaza, an over 3200 years old, 24 m high Egyptian obelisk is enthroned. Therewith it is the second biggest and second oldest obelisk of Rome. It was completed by Pharao Ramses II in 1200 B.C. and erected in Heliopolis. Then it was brought to Rome by Emperor Augustus around 10 B.C. and erected in the Circus Maximus. In 1589 Pope Sixtus V had the obelisk placed in the Piazza del Popolo.

On the eastern side is the Fountain of the Roma with the river deities Tiber and Aniene. On the opposite side is the Fountain of Neptune, surrounded by two tritons. Around the base of the obelisk rest four water-spouting lions in Egyptian style.

During the 18th and 19th century public executions took place here. Those sentenced to death were often beaten to death with hammers.

The Porta del Popolo, was built in the 16th century by Pope Pius IV, in the style of a Roman triumphal arch. It is decorated with statues of the saints Peter and Paul and the Medici coat of arms.

Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo (Rome)

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