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In 1818 Valadier had the idea to surround the Flaminio Obelisk in its center with four pools adorned with Egyptian lions; he also placed terraces on the right side of the square, in the direction of the green Pincian Hill. The obelisk in Piazza del Popolo was raised by Pharaoh Ramses II in Heliopolis, an ancient Egyptian city. Of all the obelisks that were scattered throughout Rome by Pope Sixtus V, the Flaminio Obelisk is certainly the one with the best and most strategic urban layout, as it is located at the junction of three long, straight roads: Via del Babuino, Via del Corso, and Via Ripetta, which form the so-called "trident" that's closed by the two Baroque churches with domes, Santa Maria di Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli.

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