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This obelisk, under 5.5 m, is attributed to the nearby Iseum of the Domitanic era, discovered in 1655 excavations.  It was re-erected atop Bernini’s elephant sculpture and inaugurated in 1667 for Pope Alexander VII in Piazza della Minerva.

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