The Piazza del Quirinale in Rome

The Piazza del Quirinale in Rome, Italy lies atop the Quirinal Hill, the highest of the seven hills of Rome.  In the piazza stands an obelisk without hieroglyphics that was rescued from the Mausoleum of Augustus where it had broken into three pieces.  The obelisk was placed in the midst of a group of four statues showing Castor and Pollux taming their horses.

At the perimeter of the piazza is the Palazzo del Quirinal, the residence of the president of Italy.  In 1583, Pope Gregory XIII had the Palazzo del Quirinal built for use as a papal summer residence.  Guards and officials stood at the entrance to the Palazzo del Quirinal while I was there.

The Palazzo della Consulta (Constitutional Court) also has a facade on the Piazza del Quirinale.

The Obelisk at Piazza del Quirinale

The Obelisk at Piazza del Quirinale

SOURCE:  The Obelisk at Piazza del Quirinale (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 12 August 2011.

Palazzo del Quirinale

Palazzo del Quirinale

SOURCE:  Palazzo del Quirinale (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 12 August 2011.

Entrance to Palazzo del Quirinale

Entrance to Palazzo del Quirinale

SOURCE:  Entrance to Palazzo del Quirinale (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 12 August 2011.

Palazzo del Consulta

Palazzo della Consulta

SOURCE:  Palazzo della Consulta (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 12 August 2011.

Sentry at Palazzo del Quirinale

Sentry at Palazzo del Quirinale

SOURCE:  Sentry at Palazzo del Quirinale (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 12 August 2011.

Copyright © 2011 by Stephen J. Danko

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