Framed by fountains, the Luxor Obelisk, often-nicknamed Cleopatra’s Needle, is reminiscent of ancient Egyptian obelisks later exhumed in London and New York, and features original hieroglyphic tributes to the pharaoh Ramses II. Its original base carvings, now on display in the Louvre, have been replaced with images of its installation, a complex procedure to haul the 230-ton monolith into position. A gold leaf apex was added in 1998 to replace the missing original capstone, the most recent addition to the monument that dates back over 3000 years.
Tours & Tickets
Discover the backbone of Parisian history on a private walking tour along the Champs-Elysées, ending at the Arc de Triomphe for a panoramic view of the ... Read more
Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)