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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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  • Bangunan ini merupakan hadiah yang diberikan oleh Penguasa Mesir untuk Raja Perancis di pertengahan Abad ke 19. Kembaran dari tugu ini masih ada, tepatnya di depan Kuil Luxor, Mesir. Tugu ini akhirnya...  more »
  • I've seen that at the end of marathon, so with a great lack of lucidity, it was finally the end of the ordeal, relieved to finish the marathon, but that sounds long around
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  • Ancient characters was carved into this Obelisk, Obelisk of ancient Egypt has built Concorde was impressive. 巡rashimashita I witnessed the execution of Marie Antoinette and King Louis 16, called "Revolution Square" in France during the revolution.
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  • Incredible obelisk. Even though you might not be able to interpret the hieroglyphics take a moment to look at them and the different symbols. This is a very large obelisk and I appreciated how at the base it shows how it made it to Paris.
  • The great pharaonic monument standing in the concord square of Paris. So beautiful and majestic reflecting the power of this great civilization. Standing by the Obelisk and looking toward the seine you will have the famous Champs elysees on your right side and the beautiful Tuileries Garden of the louvre on you left side.
  • We went on a day trip to Paris and managed to walk down to view The Obelisk. It is well worth getting close to it to see the incredible carvings and pictures. It is right in the middle of one of the busiest junctions in Paris at the top of The Champ Elysees so take care when crossing the road to it! The Luxor Obelisk is over 3,000 years old and was originally situated outside of Luxor Temple, where its twin remains to this day. It first arrived in Paris on December 21, 1833, having been shipped from Luxor via Alexandria and Cherbourg.
  • This obelisk is brought from Egypt and it's been over three thousand years old since it's built.
  • Fabulous monument. I am always mesmerized by Egyptian architecture and this one does add to Paris' cultural palette. Take a look from all sides.

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