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French: Obélisque d'Arles
The Arles Obelisk in front of the Arles town hall (right)
|Location||Place de la République
13200 Arles, France
|Height||15.26 metres (50.1 ft)
With pedestal: 19.81 metres (65.0 ft)
|Built||Originally constructed in the 4th century
Reconstructed March 26, 1676
|Designated||1981 (5th session)|
|Part of||Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments|
|Region||Europe and North America|
|Official name: Obélisque antique|
The obelisk was first erected under the Roman emperor Constantine II in the center of the spina of the Roman circus of Arles. After the circus was abandoned in the 6th century, the obelisk fell down and was broken in two parts.
It was rediscovered in 14th century. And it was re-erected in its current location in 17th century on top of a pedestal designed by Jacques Peytret.
A fountain in the left photograph was designed by Antoine Laurent Dantan in 19th century.
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