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Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda, Rome

RIBA7688
Della Porta, Giacomo (1538-1602)
NOTES: The fountain by Giacomo della Porta (1575) is surmounted by an obelisk of Rameses the Great erected here in 1711.

Egyptian obelisk, Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome

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Fontana, Domenico (1543-1607)
SOURCE: Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Vedute di Roma (Rome, [1747?-1788]), pl. 53 NOTES: Dating from the 15th century BC, this obelisk had been brought to Rome in 357 to decorate the Circus Maximus. Found in pieces in 1587 it was reconstructed on this site the following year by Domenico Fontana.

Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome: with the obelisk and octagonal baptistery

RIBA7994
SOURCE: Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Vedute di Roma (Rome, [1747?-1788]), pl. 117

William Lisle Bowles's vicarage and gardens, now Bremhill Court, Bremhill, Wiltshire: the obelisk

RIBA8397
NOTES: The Reverend William Lisle Bowles was responsible for alterations to the existing vicarage and the creation of its picturesque gardens in the first half of the 19th century.

Montacute House, Somerset: the east facade, the garden wall and obelisks

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Arnold, William (fl. 1595-1637)
NOTES: The house was built for Sir Edward Phelips between 1598 and 1601. The architect is thought to have been William Arnold.

Piazza del Popolo, Rome

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SOURCE: Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Vedute di Roma (Rome, 1750), pl. 14

Piazza Navona, Rome, with Sant'Agnese on the left

RIBA10208
SOURCE: Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Vedute di Roma (Rome, 1773), pl. 108

St Peter's Square with St Peter's Basilica and colonnades, Rome

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Bernini, Gian Lorenzo (1598-1680)
SOURCE: Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Vedute di Roma (Rome, [1747?-1788]), pl. 3 NOTES: Construction on the Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano began in 1506 under Donato Bramante. Work continued under the direction of leading architects of the time and the body of the church was completed by 1626. Piazza San Pietro is partly enclosed by two semi-circular colonnades, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1656-1667. For a similar view in this work made almost 25 years later see RIBA125912.

Piazza dell'Esquilino with the rear of the church of Santa Maria Maggiore and obelisk, Rome

RIBA10992
SOURCE: Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Vedute di Roma (Rome, [1747?-1788]), pl. 10
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