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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  • We have driven past this piece of Egyptian history but never really took the time to actually see it. We went and saw it up and close as we walked the whole area. It is quite magnificent and perfectly...  more »
  • The obelisk stands at the center of the Place de la Concorde. Millennia-old is one of two obelisks that stood at the entrance of the Temple of Luxor in Egypt. Was donated to France in the 19th century, while the other remained in Egypt. Is high just over twenty meters decorated on the sides with hieroglyphs. Beautiful.
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  • The mere thought of the road traveled to get to us. Put it there as a finger tickling the sky in the frenzy of modernity to remember when all that now surrounds it, did not exist. ..
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  • You will find this on your way if you're walking from the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe. If you like egypt like I do you'll probably stand here for a while.
  • 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 21 December 1833, having been shipped from Luxor via Alexandria and Cherbourg,[1] and three years later, on 25 October 1836, was moved to the centre of Place de la Concorde by King Louis-Phillipe. It was given to France by Muhammad Ali Pasha, Ruler of Ottoman Egypt. In August 1832, the French paddle ship Sphinx sailed to Alexandria to rendezvous there with the barge Louqsor, which was to load the Luxor Obelisk and bring it to Paris. Sphinx then towed Louqsor back to France. The ships departed on 1 April 1833 and reached Toulon on 10 May. The ships arrived at Cherbourg on 12 August 1833.
  • The Luxor Obelisk (French: Obélisque de Louxor) is a 23 metres (75 ft) high Ancient Egyptian obelisk standing at the centre of the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France. It was originally located at the entrance to Luxor Temple, in Egypt. The Luxor Obelisk was classified as a historical monument in 1936. This site was the location of the metrostation, Concorde. 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 21 December 1833, having been shipped from Luxor via
  • 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!!
  • 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.
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