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OBELISKS - A Short History

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« on: February 27, 2009, 09:48:38 am »

Turkey's Obelisk in Instanbul

Several more of the original Egyptian obelisks have been shipped and re-erected around the world. The best-known examples outside Rome are the pair of 21 m /68 ft Cleopatra's Needles in London(69 feet 187 tons) and New York City(70 feet 193 tons) and the 23 m / 75 ft 227 tons obelisk at the Place de la Concorde in Paris.

There are 29 known ancient Egyptian obelisks in the following locations:

Egypt – 9

Pharaoh Tuthmosis I, Karnak Temple, Luxor

Pharaoh Ramses II, Luxor Temple

Pharaoh Hatshepsut, Karnak Temple, Luxor

Pharaoh Senusret I, Al-Masalla area of Al-Matariyyah district in Heliopolis, Cairo

Pharaoh Ramses III, Luxor Museum

Pharaoh Ramses II, Gezira Island, Cairo, 20.4 m

Pharaoh Ramses II, Cairo International Airport, 16.97 m
Pharaoh Seti II, Karnak Temple, Luxor, 7 m

Pharaoh Senusret I, Faiyum (ancient site of Crocodilopolis), 12.9 m

France – 1

Pharaoh Ramses II, in Place de la Concorde, Paris

Israel – 1

Caesarea obelisk

Italy – 11 (includes the only one located in the Vatican City)

8 in Rome (see Obelisks in Rome)
Piazza del Duomo, Catania (Sicily)

Boboli Gardens (Florence)


Poland – 1

Ramses II, Poznań Archaeological Museum, Poznań (on loan from Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Berlin)

Turkey – 1

Pharaoh Tuthmosis III, in Square of Horses, Istanbul

United Kingdom – 4

Pharaoh Tuthmosis III, "Cleopatra's Needle", on Victoria Embankment, London

Pharaoh Amenhotep II, in the Oriental Museum, University of Durham

Pharaoh Ptolemy IX, Philae Obelisk, at Kingston Lacy, near Wimborne Minster, Dorset

Pharaoh Nectanebo II, British Museum, London

United States – 1

Pharaoh Tuthmosis III, "Cleopatra's Needle", in Central Park, New York

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