|Type||Egyptian Obelisk, Ancient artifact|
|Construction Year||1300 BC|
|Age||3320 years old|
|Getting there||Metro – Station Concorde|
RER – Station Invalides
|Location||Place de la Concorde, Paris, France, Europe|
Why is Luxor Obelisk from Place de la Concorde is famous?
The Luxor Obelisk is was originally one of the two obelisks that were positioned outside Luxor Temple, Egypt.
The Luxor Obelisk was donated by Egypt to France in 1829 in exchange for a mechanical clock that doesn’t work.
The obelisk is covered in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and it ends with a more recent gold pyramid on top. The base has also more recent gold engravings
It is carved from a single piece of stone
23-meter tall Egyptian obelisk is located at Place de la Concorde between the Champs-Elysees and Jardin de Tuileries
The monument is flanked by two large fountains: The Fountain of Seas (Fontaine des Mers) and the Fountain of Rivers (Fontaine des Fleuves).
What does the obelisk symbolize?
When we speak of the Egyptian obelisk we do not speak of an obelisk but of many obelisks scattered throughout the world. The significance of the obelisk is much disputed. Some say it represents masculinity, others say it is a sundial, others say it is the symbol of Osiris. We may never know, but it is worth traveling around the world to discover the beautiful Egyptian obelisks.
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