Benevento is a small town in middle Italy.
Three Obelisks in Benevento

Benevento is a small town and comune of Campania, Italy, about 50 km northeast of Naples. It is also a capital of the province of Benevento, with a population of about 60,000, according to Wikipedia.

It may be hard to believe, there are three obelisks in this town. They are although not by Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh, but the heritage of Ancien Roman Empire. Three locations are as below:

Piazza Santa Sofia, in front of the church of Santa Sofia.
In the Museo del Sannio (Samnium Museum), next to the cloister of the church of Santa Sofia.
Piazza Paolo Emilio Papiniano (Piazza Papiniano), about 400-meter west of Piazza Santa Sofia.
Arco di Traiano (Arch of Trajan). Most famous point of interest in Benevento.

 Piazza Santa Sofia Museo del Sannio Piazza Papiniano
The church of Santa Sofia is back.
The foot pool is called Chiaromonte Fountain.

This pucture was copied from the Museum's website.
Asking the permission from the Museum.

Piazza Paolo Emilio Papiniano
This Piazza is unusually small but it seems also to be called "Piazza".
ProvenanceThis is supposed to be initially erected in the period of Ancient Roman Emperor.In 88 - 89 A.D., the Roman emperor Domitianus (reigned 81 - 96 A.D.) built a temple in Benevento for a goddess Isis of Ancient Egypt, and he contributed a pair of obelisk. This is one of pairs, and another one is in the Piazza Papiniano.See left. This is one of pairs, and another one is in the Museo del Sannio.
StoneUnknownRed graniteRed granite
HeightUnknown2.78 meters tallC66 cm for the pedestalUnknown
HostoryUnknownDiscovered in 1903, Stored in the Museum in 1916.Erected here in 1872.
InscriptionUnknownInscribedHieroglyphs on all 4 sides of obelisk. Greek and Latin translations on the pedestal. The inscriptions are primarily of laudatory remarks about Emperor Domitianus, but also state a praise for Julius Caesar and a goddess Isis.

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