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“Standing tall”
Review of Obelisk of Luxor

Obelisk of Luxor
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Ranked #180 of 1,508 things to do in Paris
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

This stands tall at the end of the Champs-Elysees and on the place Concord. It is worth seeing and taking a photo, but there is not much else around it to see. You can catch it passing by, but no need to rush directly to it.

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Reviewed 18 December 2013

One of the most interesting things to see at Place de la Concorde is the Luxor Obelisk. This is one of a pair of twin obelisks that once stood at the gates of Karnak in Luxor, Egypt and it is the single oldest monument in the city of Paris.

The Luxor Obelisk was gifted to the nation of France in 1829 by Muhammad Ali Pasha of Egypt. It was transported to Paris and erected at this spot in 1836 while its twin was left at Karnak, where it remains to this day.

The Luxor Obelisk is over 3200 years old and stands over 23 metres tall. Its made of granite and includes a gold cap, which was added in 1998. It possesses impressively clear hieroglyphs on its sides, which describe the reign of King Ramses II and it is lit up after dark, meaning you can visit to see it during the day or night time.

In addition to seeing the Luxor Obelisk, you can also see statues and two very nice fountains at Place de la Concorde. At times, the 'La Grande Roue de Paris' (Paris Wheel) is set up in the square as well.

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Reviewed 14 December 2013

This is one of those sights that doesn't warrant a special visit, but because of its central location in the middle of Place de la Concorde, you'll probably pass right by it more than once. The main thing here is to just be aware of what you're seeing. Read up on it before you get there. Walk over and look at it closely. Then move on.

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Reviewed 19 October 2013

This obelisk is really the best touristic site in France. so It's one of millions egyptian monuments . If you wanna see more you can visit Egypt and see all the egyptian ancient temples and all the other monuments .

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Reviewed 11 October 2013

If you have been to Egypt and love their monuments then here is one in a fabulous setting - Concorde - with the Champs Elysees just round the corner

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