Obelisk of Luxor, Paris
Categories: Monuments, Tourist Spots
Originally located at the entrance to the Luxor Temple in Egypt, Obelisk of Luxor is a 23 m (75 ft) high Egyptian obelisk in the center of the Place de la Concorde. Muhammad Ali Pasha, the Wāli and self-proclaimed Khedive of Egypt, offered the obelisk to France as a gift in 1829. It arrived on December 21, 1833. Three years later, on October 25, 1836, King Louis-Philippe of France had the yellow granite column placed in the center of the famous square and added fountains on either side. It weighs 250 tons and features hieroglyphs exalting the reign of the King Ramses II. Transporting the obelisk was no easy feat. Look for diagrams on the pedestal explaining the complex machinery used. Using our international travel planner, Paris attractions like Obelisk of Luxor can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Worth a stop to see it if 1. you haven't seen an ancient Egyptian obelisk before, or 2. you're in the area as part of a tour. It isn't much of a destination.
Cet obélisque avait été offert en 1830 à Charles X par le Vice-roi d'Egypte. Du fit du renversement du roi bourbon lors des Trois Glorieuses, c'est Louis-Philippe qui le fit ériger sur la Place de la ... read more »This Obelisk was given to Charles X in 1830 by the viceroy of Egypt. The fit of the overthrow of the King bourbon during the three glorious, is Louis-Philippe who made him erect on the Concorde square. it comes from the fabulous temple of Luxor, and when you visit this site, we can only have regret to see lonely in the middle of a place, while nice, but ugly by the traffic lanes!show original
L'obelisco domina Place de la Concorde, alla base è raffigurata l'intera operazione di "trasloco" da Luxor a Parigi.The Obelisk dominating the Place de la Concorde, at the base shows the entire operation of "removal" from Luxor to Paris.show original
FELL ON MY HEAD! very annoying! I thought it was better than that! I mean, It's only like 6 billion years old. very disappointed in egyption work
Though the monument is quite catchy, you may not believe that this obelisk (pyramid like pilar) is really 3000 years old obelisk from Luxor temple in Egypt. This was a give from Muhammed Ali, Khedive of Egypt from 1833. You may notice the cool hieroglyphs carved along the sides which exalting the King Ramses II.
Great monument. Tok bad it is polluted by all of the cars aroind all day every day.
Egyptian historical & glorious monument located in Paris, named after Greeks. Don't you just love that multiculturalism? One of my favourite must see's when in Paris!
This was a gift to France from Egypt and has stood here since it arrived. I enjoyed seeing this as we wandered around the city on our tours. Our guides were all very pointed to mention that was a true gift not something the Napoleon plundered when he and the army were there. It does add a certain something to a very beautiful city.
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