Belzoni, Giovanni

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Belzoni, Giovanni Gender: M
born on 5 November 1778 at 05:44 (= 05:44 AM )
Place Padua, Italy, 45n25, 11e53
Timezone LMT m11e53 (is local mean time)
Data source
Accuracy in question
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Taglilatelo
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 12°55' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 18°55 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 00°31'

Giovanni Belzoni


Italian engineer, adventurer and circus performer featured in a BBC-TV special program.

Belzoni was one of thirteen children. He entered the monastery at age 16 but became embroiled in adverse political doings. He fled to England in 1803. Uncommonly tall at 6'7", he joined a traveling circus troupe with which he performed as "strong man." About 12 years later, in 1815, while in Malta, he met a representative of the Pasha to whom Belzoni showed a hydraulic system he had perfected. The official convinced Belzoni to travel to Egypt with his machine. While there he met the British consul and is credited with exploration of the Temple of Edfu, opening the Pyramid of Khefren at Giza and discovering the ruins of Berenice near Benghazi as well as sending a huge bust of Rameses II to the British Museum in London. An amateur archeologist, his methods have subsequently been frowned upon; nevertheless he is one of the first men to explore and uncover ancient artifacts.

One year after his 1819 return to England he published "Narratives of the Operations and Recent Discoveries within the Pyramids, Temples, Tombs and Excavations in Egypt and Nubia." He died in 1823 in Benin, Africa of dysentery. Two years later, his widow erected exhibits in London and Paris of his work that included his drawings and models of the royal tombs of Thebes.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Family : Change residence 1803 (to England)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1820 ("Narratives")
  • Death by Disease 1823 (Of dysentery in Benin, Africa)

Source Notes

David Fisher online writes that he was born "at the 11th hour of the preceding night". According to Valerie Matthews who in turn quotes a biography which refers to the baptismal entry in the records of the Episcopal Court of Padua. She concludes that since the nights were divided into twelve equal parts, he must have been born one hour before sunrise. She has calculated that the date of sunrise on Belzoni’s date of birth was 05:44 am LMT (05:56:28 GMT).


  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
  • Vocation : Engineer : Mechanical
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Circus/ Animal acts
  • Vocation : Science : Other Science (Egnineering and amateur archeologist)
  • Vocation : Travel : Explorer