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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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  • Since he was in the Temple of Luxor I dreamed of knowing the missing obelisk and found him in the middle of the place de la Concorde. It is really magical to see that piece of history so far from its original room
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  • The Obelisk of Luxor is one of the indispensable attractions for an amateur to ancient Egyptian culture like me. Its conservation status is really surprising and good. It is not high tsan as one might think, but their geroglificos are impressive and very well defined. It is worth to stand 15 to 20 minutes to see the piece.
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  • Located in the middle of the Place of the Concorde can't miss it; one could even say that he is strangely isolated. It's doubly "historic": its bygone days of design course, but replanted here in Paris as a result of the plundering of the young General Bonaparte in Egypt. What weird expedition! But a movement was launched in the understanding of hieroglyphics and the competition between France and Britain in this region of the world...
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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.