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OBELISK, VATICAN

A giant white marble obelisk in St. Peter's Square, Rome. It was brought to Rome from Egypt by Emperor Caligula (12-41) and later stood in Nero's circus. In the sixteenth century Pope Sixtus V had the three-hundred-ton monument moved to its present location on September 10, 1586.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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