|Born||Giovanni Battista Belzoni|
November 5, 1778
Padua, Republic of Venice
|Died||December 3, 1823 (age 45) |
Gwato, Benin Empire
Giovanni Belzoni (1778–1823), sometimes known as The Great Belzoni, was a prolific Venetian explorer of Egyptian antiquities.
In 1803 he fled to England to avoid being sent to jail. Belzoni was a tall man at 6 ft 7 in and he joined a travelling circus performing exhibitions of feats of strength and agility as a strongman at fairs and on the streets of London.
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