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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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  • Magnificent gift from the viceroy of Egypt Mehemet Ali, as a sign of goodwill who, at the instigation of the baron Taylor then Jean-François Champollion, offers to Charles X and the France in early 1830 two obelisks erected in front of the temple of Luxor, but only the one on the right (looking at the temple) is shot and transported to the France.
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  • Although somewhat neglected by various people, this Obelisk is on Place de La Concorde and not hardly will be noticed on your trip. Due to the ease of transport and construction these days, some people do not understand the dexterity of the Egyptian people to build and transport the Obelisk back then. He has 3300 years of existence, has 23 meters high and 230 tons. Out of Egypt in 1829 and arrived in Paris in 1833. The hieroglyphics written across your extension refer to the Pharaoh Ramses II. Is a unique experience to see with their own eyes a piece of history. I recommend that, being there, you will enjoy this moment.
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  • An Egyptian obelisk determines the end of the champs elysees behind him now there is a huge Ferris wheel and 2 sides 2 giant fountains, next to the gardens of the Louvre
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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.