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An Obelisk is a instanty recognisable monument which is often higher than anything else placed close to it, especially in ancient times. It is made from one piece of stone and is larger at the bottom and tapers off usually to a point. It is iconic within Egypt and Egyptian Obelisks have been moved and re-erected in London, Rome and Paris.
Obelisks at Karnak Temple
Hatshepsut's Fallen Obelisk
The Fallen Obelisk is one of a pair. It allows you to see what would have been inaccessible if the Obelisk had remained aloft. On the Pyramidion – the very pinnacle – there is a relief of Pharaoh Hatshepsut in the kingly regalia holding her stepson and successor, the future Pharaoh Tuthmose III.
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Tuthmose I's Obelisk
The Obelisk would have been one of a pair which would have each weighed approx. 143 tons, hewn from a single piece of stone and shipped to the Temple via barges on the Nile before being hauled into position. . . . .
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Obelisks at Luxor Temple
Egyptian Museum, Cairo
Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan Quarry
Many Obelisks have not survived to the current day, but Egyptologists are aware that there would have been Obelisks in front of most Temples and Mortuary Temples