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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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  • This is a nice monument, but it's not too interesting when you know about all of the other monuments in Paris. It's worth to see if you're close by though. Not really missing much if you don't get to ...  more »
  • In the heart of Paris, this Obelisk as a gift from the Government of Egypt 3000 years old which is said to be a beautiful Obelisk monument and might be kind of hard to take pictures because of length for a beautiful facility. The way to Paris and wander the historic and tourist sites already necessarily you will see.
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  • This is an obelisk in the middle of the Place de la Concorde, which is the main square in Paris. It is large and nice and has an interesting history. It is worth seeing if you are in the area, but is ...  more »
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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.