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2004_0831_120146AA Obelisk van Thoetmosis III, Piazza San Giovanni, Rome | by Hans Ollermann
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2004_0831_120146AA Obelisk van Thoetmosis III, Piazza San Giovanni, Rome

03 The square in front of the Lateran Palace in Rome has the highest ancient Egyptian obelisk, that has survived 33 centuries: 32,18 m high !.

The obelisk was built by Pharaoh Thutmosis III in Karnak, and ca 2300 years later placed in the Circus Maximus before being re-erected in its current place.

King Tuthmosis III is regarded as one of the greatest pharaohs who ever reigned. He became pharao when Queen Hatsjepsut, a daughter of his father, died.

 

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Taken on August 31, 2004