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Obelisk of Luxor, Paris

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Monument Tourist Spot
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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  • Explains the structure of Paris - the palaces avenues and Arc to my young daughters were much easier from this point of view - specially there are parks ( Tuileries garden and Champs elysees ) Close b...  more »
  • Very easy to see as it's in a main area with lots of other attractions 3000 years old with a similar obelisk in Egypt it's interesting to see and just one of many, many historic items dotting Paris's ...  more »
  • It is great to see if you know the history of the monument. The obelisk is 3000 years old and has a twin standing in front of a temple in Egypt. On the obelisk are pictures describing how they shipped...  more »
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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.
  • Fabulous monument. I am always mesmerized by Egyptian architecture and this one does add to Paris' cultural palette. Take a look from all sides.
  • Very well preserved historical monument.