Obelisk on the square Picture - Florence Photos

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The square of Santa Maria Novella was used by Cosimo I for the yearly chariot race (Palio dei Cocchi), a custom that existed from 1563 until the late 19th century. The two obelisks marked the start and finish of the race, set up to imitate a Roman circus. The obelisks rest on bronze tortoises, made in 1608 by the sculptor Giambologna.


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