Photographer's Note

This is the remaining obelisk of the pair that once stood in front of the temple of Luxor. Extracted from the granite quarries of Aswan (about 200km further south) the obelisk is 25m high and was erected during the reign of pharaoh Ramesses II. It stands as a solar symbol closely associated with the sun god Re. This tall shaft of stone is surmounted by a small pyramid which in ancient times was covered with a sheet of electrum (an alloy containing about 80% gold and 20% silver). One can imagine the dazzling sight of the small pyramid when it was stroke by the sun rays. Most egyptian obelisks are to be found today outside Egypt in different cities like New York, London, Istanbul, Paris and Rome. The obelisk which once accompanied the remaining one is standing now on Place de la Concorde in Paris. The hieroglyphs seen in the oval shape are the name of the Ramesses II and above them are his titles: son of Re, lord of appearences Ramesses beloved of Amun, may he be given life for eternity.

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Additional Photos by Christian Stocker (ChristianS) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 968 W: 60 N: 809] (2997)
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