Egyptian Art in Rome [Photo Blog]

By Yasmine El Tabib

Italy’s capital, as the home of three thousand years of Western civilization, has an incredible wealth of ancient sites and modern sounds. Many of the ancient sites belong to cultures other than the ancient Romans. In fact, Rome harbors eight ancient Egyptian obelisks which were carried down the Nile and across the Mediterranean sea on special cargo ships to Rome. This photo series highlights some of the many pieces of Egyptian art in Rome.

Piazza della Minerva

Piazza della Minerva - Egyptian Art in Rome

Egypt is not a country we live in but a country that lives within us. -Pope Shenouda III

Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo - Egyptian Art in Rome

(Egypt) is a great place for contrasts: splendid things gleam in the dust. -Gustave Flaubert

The Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museum - Egyptian Art in Rome

The sphinx will always have to be looked after. -Zahi Hawass

Pantheon – Piazza della Rotonda

Pantheon - Egyptian Art in Rome

Know the world in yourself. Never look for yourself in the world, for this would be to project your illusion. -Egyptian Proverb

 Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona - Egyptian Art in Rome

*This obelisk, “Agonalis” is actually a Roman copy of an ancient Egyptian one. It was erected by Bernini in 1651 on top of the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica - Egyptian Art in Rome

Seek peacefully, you will find. -Egyptian Proverb

Villa Borghese

Villa Borghese - Egyptian Art in Rome

Good artists copy, great artists steal. -Pablo Picasso


2 thoughts on “Egyptian Art in Rome [Photo Blog]

  1. Absolutely beautiful! This post captures two of my favorite destinations in such a visually compelling manner. Love all of the quotes and proverbs too!

    • Thanks Leila! Rome is definitely one of our favorite cities too. Have you had a chance to visit both Egypt & Italy?

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