The Obelisks of Egypt

Most of the monoliths shown in the Obelisk pages are Egyptian in origin and were moved to their respective locations in a mass 
historical looting of that country’s treasures.  The size and 
engineering of these monoliths are beyond the ability of 
the Egyptian culture to which they are ascribed. 

These are the obelisks that remain in Egypt.

           The first mention of obelisks in the history is from St. Epheaim (4th century A.D.), who wrote that in Heliopolis “there are two great columns which excite admiration…On these columns are depicted figures of the men and animals which were shown by their priestly character to contain the mysteries of paganism.” Yakut, an Arab historian of the 13th century, wrote that locals called them Messalat Far’un, or “Pharaoh’s Packing Needles.”

The Unfinished Obelisk Near Aswan
          This obelisk is still resting in it’s quarry. The finished height would have been 137 feet with a base of 14 feet on each side or a coverage of almost 200 square feet. The weight is almost 1200 tons or 2.5 million pounds.  This is the heaviest monolith ever found in Egypt.

The Heliopolis Obelisk
          The Heliopolis Obelisk, at Cairo is considered to be the oldest surviving giant Egyptian obelisk. It is 67 feet tall and weighs 120 tons or 240,000 pounds.  It is also thought to have been part of a pair, the twin having collapsed about 1200 AD. 

Al Andalus Garden, Gezira Island
          The obelisk of Ranses II was originally in Tanis, now known as San El Hagar, 70 miles northeast of Cairo. It was transported to the Al Andalus Garden on Gezira Island, an island on the Nile near Cairo, in 1958.  The reason for the move was that there were no obelisks in the capital city of Egypt.   It is 45 feet tall.

Temple of Hatshepsut, Karnak
         Temple of Hatshepsut Obelisk at Karnak is 97 feet high and weighs 323 tons.

Karnak Temple, Luxor
           The Karnak Temple Obelisk at Luxor, Egypt is 66 feet high and weighs 143 tons, 286,000 pounds.  It is the only one remaining of a pair of red-granite obelisks at Karnak.

Great Temple of Amun at Karnak
          The Seti II Obelisk at the Great Temple of Amun is about 23 feet high.

A Partial Obelisk at Karnak

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