"Piazza dell'Esquilino (Esquilino Square) & Obelisco (Obelisk) Esquilino" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Thursday 19th May 2011
In the middle of piazza dell'Esquilino, one of the seven hills, an obelisk stands out. The square is located behind the apse of basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the most solemn buildings of Roman Baroque and has in its center an granite obelisk which is nearly 15m high and is at the centre of Piazza dell'Esquilino.
The two obelisks were found in the 16th century near the ruins of the monument along via di Ripetta. Like its twin in Piazza del Quirinale, Sixtus V had D.Fontana to erect it here in 1587. As well as its twin from Piazza del Quirinale, this obelisk comes from the entrance to the Mausoleum of Augustus. Both of them were transported to Rome under Domitian, and are imitations without hieroglyphs. The erection of the obelisk caused destruction of two modest churches dedicated to S.Alberto and S.Luca. The latter belonged to the University of painters which was transformed in Academy of St Luke. It was compensated with the other ancient church of S.Martina on the Roman Forum (which later became the church of Saints Luke and Martina).
The square was named after the Esquiline Hill. Esquilino's square is on the corner of Via Cavour. From the square only the back of the Basilica can be seen. Arriving from Termini - railway station - take Via Cavour for approx. mt. 500. Surprisingly you’re going to see, at your left, the amazing basilica.
Piazza dell'Esquilino (Esquilino Square) & Obelisco (Obelisk) Esquilino
Piazza dell'Esquilino (Piazza Esquilino)
00184, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Monti (Colosseo-S.Giovanni-S.Maria Maggiore) (Roma centro)
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