The Dramatic Chronicle of the Lateran Obelisk of Thutmose IV

Constantine assayed on bringing it to Constantinople, King Tut in Thebes, Hypatia in Alexandria, and ultimately Alaric relinquished it to the Circus Maximus; such is the dramatic chronicle of the Lateran Obelisk. Located in Italy, the Lateran Obelisk is the world’s tallest-antiquated Egyptian Obelisk. At the time of its construction, the Lateran Obelisk weighed nearly 450 tonnes. However, after it was resurrected, from the wreck, it weighs 300 tonnes and is also thirteen feet shorter. This ancient obelisk illustrates the reign of Thutmose IV, the 8th-Pharaoh of Egypt’s 18th-dynasty from the 14th-century BC. Thutmose IV is well-known for the reparation of the Giza’s Sphinx and for establishing Dream Stele, a carved stone tablet between its two claws. It’s intriguing to spot obelisks in Rome – where you least expect them. These mammoth Egyptian granite monoliths were brought to Italy by Roman emperors and refurbished, by succeeding popes.

Obelisk of Thutmose IV

Rome’s largest obelisk, the Lateran in the Piazza di San Giovanni, was 1st-quarried in 15th-century BC, however, lacks hieroglyphs that could verify its age. Otherwise, what I expressly admire about this obelisk is that you can track the complete history of the monument, from its ancient inscriptions ranging from Egypt to Rome. This obelisk stands at the location, where formerly the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius stood until 1538. Marcus Aurelius’s statue was relocated to the Piazza Del Campidoglio on Capitoline Hill. Built near “Lateran Palace,” and “Saint John Lateran Basilica,” on August 09th of 1588, the Lateran Obelisk turned out to be the last Egyptian Obelisk raised in Rome. Upon its launch, the obelisk was crowned with a cross, while the plinth was embellished with engravings demonstrating Egyptian history and the obelisk’s travels.

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