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Cleopatra's Needle (Paris, France)
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member tijgetje
N 48° 52.137 E 002° 18.588
31U E 449384 N 5413117
Quick Description: The center of the Place is occupied by a giant Egyptian obelisk decorated with hieroglyphics exalting the reign of the pharaoh Ramses II.
Location: Île-de-France, France
Date Posted: 6/27/2007 12:49:27 AM
Waymark Code: WM1QXE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 410

Long Description:
The center of the Place de la concorde is occupied by a giant Egyptian obelisk decorated with hieroglyphics exalting the reign of the pharaoh Ramses II. It once marked the entrance to the Luxor Temple. The viceroy of Egypt, Mehemet Ali, presented the 3,300-year-old Luxor Obelisk to France in 1829.
King Louis-Philippe had it placed in the centre of Place de la Concorde in 1833. Given the technical limitations of the day, transporting it was no easy feat — on the pedestal are drawn diagrams explaining the machinery that were used for the transportation. The red granite column rises 23 metres high, including the base, and weighs over 250 tonnes. Missing its original cap, believed stolen in the 6th century BC, in 1998 the government of France added a gold-leafed pyramid cap to the top of the obelisk.
The obelisk is flanked on both sides by fountains constructed at the time of its erection on the Place.

The obelisk is one of three Cleopatra's Needles, the other two residing in New York and London.
Date Created/Placed: 1833

Address:
Place de la Concorde, Paris, France


Height: 23 m

Illuminated: yes

Website: [Web Link]

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