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Obelisk of Luxor, Paris
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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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  • If you dare, to Paris and gone to look for spots packed to roam by Bonnie boy says. Than I thought, but a meaningful Memorial.
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  • It is a beautiful Obelisk, but they were just disarming a lot of tents that seemed like they were by a (perhaps fashion exhibition) players condemned not only the obelisk, but also the place de la Concorde. This Obelisk was given in 1830 by the Governor or Wali of Egypt, Mehemet Ali, and brought from Luxor Temple in 1836. It is in the middle of the Place de la Concorde and has a nice and shiny CAP or piramidón, covered with sheets of bronze and gold. The body of the obelisk, 23 m high, is made of pink granite, with hieroglyphs on all four sides. You have schemes that stand out as it is dismantled in Egypt and how they raised him in this square.
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  • It's standing in a Centre of Concorde square surrounded by pretty fountains. Visible from afar, very picturesque. 
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  • Fabulous monument. I am always mesmerized by Egyptian architecture and this one does add to Paris' cultural palette. Take a look from all sides.
  • Egyptian architecture blending in pure sight of Paris. Proves how multicultural this city was and how it continues to be.
  • The obelisk is greatly located around one of the most scenic areas in Paris. Surrounded by old buildings and museums.
  • 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
  • This is a real good point to take lots of pictures.