Obélisque de Luxor - Place de la Concorde, Obelisk of Luxor
Structure in General
Given to the French in 1829 by Mehemet Ali, the viceroy of Egypt at the time, the obelisk is over 3,300 years old and is decorated with hieroglyphics from the time of pharaohs Ramses II and Ramses III.
The obelisk is fashioned from pink granite, weighs 230 tons, and once marked the entrance to the Luxor Temple.
The obelisk stands as the focal point of Place de la Concorde, Paris' largest square, which separates the Tuileries Gardens from the Champs Elysées.
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