Obelisque de Louxor, Paris

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Originally located at the entrance to the Luxor Temple in Egypt, Obelisque de Louxor 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 Obelisque de Louxor and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Paris vacation maker.
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  • I first noticed it when we had to exit at the Concorde metro due to the strikes. The column is quite tall and stood out from the rest of the area. Aside from the golden top, there was also golden...  more »
  • but seeing it is amazing. it should seem out of place in the Place de la Concorde but surrounded by the fountains and the palaces - it just seems right.  more »
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  • Very Egyptian. Very cool to see so meny big buildings and statues around this place. It's worth a walk around and maybe a bit of coffee at a café nearby.
  • The Luxor Obelisk (also referred to as Cleopatra's Needle) is a 23 metre tall Egyptian obelisk located at Place de la Concorde between the Champs-Elysees and Jardin de Tuileries. The monument is flanked by two large scale fountains known as the Fountain of Seas (Fontaine des Mers) and the Fountain of Rivers (Fontaine des Fleuves) and is one of many attractive monuments around the city. Historically, the obelisk dates back around 3200 years and was originally located at the gates of Karnak at Luxor, it was gifted to Paris by Egypt in 1829 and erected at this location in 1836. The obelisk contains detailed hieroglyphs which can be viewed well from up close. The base includes more recent gold engravings. Similarly, the top was given a gold cap. You can view the Luxor Obelisk well during the day when sky conditions are good or at night when the monument is lit by flood light. Interestingly, the obelisk sits approximately half way between the famous Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile and the smaller Arc de Triompe du Carrousel and can be viewed from either end of the straight line between the two Arc monuments.

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