Egyptian Obelisks – The NYC Obelisk at the Metropolitan Museum


obelisk “from the Greek word means nail, pointed pillar” is a tall, narrow, four-sided, tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top, said to resemble a ‘petrified ray’ of the sun-disk. A pair of obelisks usually stood in front of a pylon which is the facade at the front of the temples. Ancient obelisks were mostly monolithic – one solid piece of pink granite mainly from Aswan. Most modern obelisks are made of several stones and can have interior spaces.

There are approximately 30 Ancient Egyptian Obelisks in existence today, 7 in Egypt, 13 in Italy and 10 scattered around the world in Turkey, UK, France ,USA and other countries.

Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, has threatened to take back the Egyptian Obelisk currently in Central Park in New York City unless the City of New…

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