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Near the center of the Piazza della Rotonda, is an obelisk that rises to a height of 6.34 meters. Made of an unknown red granite, it was erected as a pair with the one at the Villa Celimontana by Ramesses II in the Temple of the Sun at Helioplis in 13 B.C. It was brought to the Iseum, the Temple of Isis, but it is not known who was responsible for this relocation to Rome. In the early 18the century, Pope Clement XI erected the obelisk in the Piazza della Rotunda in front of the Pantheon. The base for the obelisk is decorated with water-spouting dolphins and laughing faces with upturned eyes.

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