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. Plan your visit to Obelisk of Luxor and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Paris vacation maker .
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  • September 29, 2017
    Ancient Obelisk created legends more than thirty-five centuries ago. Luxor has decorated for many years. 200 years ago, Egypt ruler display art work on the French. With great difficulty, the Obelisk was moved to France. Since then, the Egyptian symbol adorns one of the main squares of Paris. Obelisk is maintained perfectly, all inscriptions and drawings can be dismantled without difficulty.
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  • September 27, 2017
    Is an obelisk. Given by Egypt, with Egyptian inscriptions and a pyramidal tip of gold. End of the Champs Elysee on the beginning of the Plaza de la concordia
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  • September 26, 2017
    Previously on this site stood the equestrian statue of Louis XV. But during the revolution it was destroyed. And with the year 1833 here stands an obelisk of Luxor, donated by France, the ruler of Egypt.
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  • September 26, 2017
    The start of the Champs Elyse - a great monument. It is odd though that Egypt hasn't asked for it back as part of some repatriation of plundered antiquities. BTW, it is a long walk from here to the Arc de Triomphe!!
  • September 27, 2017
    i walked past this quite a few times, and wondered about it. Very interesting relatively modern history But the ancient history of this stone I wish there was more information I walked along here and it was great to come upon it.
  • September 8, 2017
    Very nice monolith t ohave golden pictures and characters on the black stone. Real Egytian art.
  • April 9, 2017
    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.
  • September 9, 2017
    This may not do anything for some, but for me it was very humbling to stand beside a piece of ancient history.

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