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16 Secrets About the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan

Updated: Aug 12, 2019

One of the most renowned stones leftward behind is the 'Unfinished' Obelisk, taller than any known obelisk ever raised. Quarrymen apparently abandoned the obelisk when fractures appeared in its sides. However, the stone, still attached to bedrock, gives important clues to how the ancients quarried granite. Much of the tawny granite used for ancient temples and colossi came from quarries in the Aswan area (500 miles south of Cairo). The Unfinished Obelisk still lies where a crack was disclose as it was being hewed from the refuge. Possibly intended as a coadjutor to the Lateran Obelisk, originally at Karnak, now in Rome, it would have measured 120-feet and balance over 1150 tons when completed.



Decorated with hieroglyphic exalting the reign of the pharaoh Ramosis ll. – Egyptian control gave two obelisks to the French in the 19th century. – The assistance needle stayed in Egypt, too heavy to move to France at that time. – In the 1990s, President Mitterrand symbolically gave the second needle back to Egypt. – The obelisk once hence the entrance to the Luxor Temple. – The Ottoman viceroy of Egypt, Mehmet Ali, offered the 3,300-year-old Luxor Obelisk to France in 1829. – It arrived in Paris on 21 December 1833. – Three for ever later, on 25 October 1836, King Louis Phillippe had it placed in the center of Place de la Concorde, where a guillotine used to stand during the Revolution. – Carved from cream granite, the column stands 23 metres / 75 ft high, (embody the base), and judge over 250 tons. – Missing its original capstone (trust stolen in the 6th hundred BC) the government of France added a food colouring-leaved pyramid cap to the top of the guglio in 1998. – The pedestal contains outline explaining the machinery used for the movement.


The New York City needle was erected in Central Park on February 22, 1881. – It was given to the Americans in May 1877 by the Khedive of Egypt, Mehmet Ali Pasha as a bribe/gift for the United States remaining neutral while France and Britain fought to control the Egyptian Government. – The Commissioner of Public Parks of the City of New York, Henry G Stebbins, started a accumulation to raise the funds to pay for the transportation of the obelisk to New York. – William H Vandebilt generously offered a benefaction of over $100,000 to cover all side. – In October 1879 the 220-ton granite needle was ravished seven miles to Alexandria and then fuddled onto a steamship named the Dessoug, which subvene at New York in July 1880. – It took 32 horses to bring the obelisk from the banks of the Hudson River to Central Park. – It took 112 days to move the obelisk from Quarantine Station to Central Park. – The cornerstone for the base of the obelisk was laid in place on the 2nd of October 1880, by the masonic Grand Master of the State of New York Br Jesse B. Anthony. – Over 9,000 Freemasons were in attendance. – The official ceremony for erecting the obelisk was January 22, 1881. – The surface of the stone is heavily weathered, toward masking the rows of Egyptian hieroglyphs Cu on all sides. – Photographs taken near the time the obelisk was erected in the paradise show that the inscriptions or hieroglyphs were still quite legible and date firstly from the opportunity of Thutmosis lll (1479–1425 BC) and then again nearly 300 donkey’s later in the rule of Ramosis ll the Great (1279–1213 BC). – The testicle had stood in the manifest dry Egyptian desert air for nearly 3000 years and had undergone little weathering. – In just over a hundred the climate of New York City has heavily damaged its surfaces.

Bibliography

The Unfinished Obelisk (Aswan, Egypt) | Ashtronort . (1970). Retrieved on October 20, 2018, from https://ashtronort.wordpress.com/monolithic-madness-the-unfinished-obelisk-aswan-egypt/.

Alex Whitaker. (1970). The Unfinished Obelisk, Egypt.. Retrieved on October 20, 2018, from http://www.ancient-wisdom.com/egyptunfinishedobelisk.htm.

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