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charge. Excerpt: The city of Rome harbours the most obelisks in the
world. There are eight ancient Egyptian and five ancient Roman
obelisks in Rome, together with a number of more modern obelisks;
there was also formerly (until 2005) an ancient Ethiopian obelisk
in Rome. For transport down the Nile to Alexandria and from there
across the Mediterranean Sea to the capital Rome, special heavy
cargo carriers, the Obelisk ships, were used by the Romans. On
site, large Roman cranes were employed to erect the monoliths. At
least eight obelisks created in antiquity by the Egyptians were
taken from Egypt after the Roman conquest and brought to Rome. At
least five obelisks were manufactured in Egypt in the Roman period
at the request of the wealthy Romans, or made in Rome as copies of
ancient Egyptian originals. The Obelisk of Axum in Rome in
2002There was also an Ethiopian obelisk in Rome, the Obelisk of
Axum, 24 m, placed in the Piazza di Porta Capena. It had been taken
from Axum by the Italian Army during the Italian occupation of
Ethiopia in 1937. It was struck by lightning in May 2002. After
being restored, it was disassembled and returned to Ethiopia in
April 2005. The Marconi obelisk, in the centre of the EUR
districtThere are five well-known modern obelisks in Rome:
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