Obelisk of Luxor Tours

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A 75-foot monumental pillar fashioned from pink granite, the Obelisk of Luxor looms over Place de la Concorde, Paris’ largest and most famous square, flanked by the idyllic Jardin des Tuileries. Erected in 1836, the monument was gifted to King Charles X by the Viceroy of Egypt, one of the twin obelisks marking the entrance to the Temple of Luxor (its double remains seated at the temple entrance). Following the turbulence and bloodshed of the French Revolution, the Obelisk was erected in Place de la Concorde as a symbol of peace, replacing the former statue of Louis XV that was famously substituted for a guillotine during the uprisings and effectively erasing some of the square’s gruesome history.

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.
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Address: Place de la Concorde, Paris 75008, France
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Paris Highlights: Half Day Private Walking Tour

Experience the allure of Paris with just your family and friends on this private 3-hour walking tour. Receive a great overview of the city’s highlight attractions, including the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde and landmarks along the Seine River. Admire the glitz of Champs-Élysées, bite into a macaron at Ladurée and learn about the city’s history and architecture from your personalized guide. While at the Louvre, don’t forget to take a photo of your hand on top of the pyramid!
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Tour of Paris the City of Light by Night

See Paris at night with a private guide who can show you the City of Light's most beautiful illuminated sights on this 3-hour walking tour. You'll stroll past monuments such as Palais Garnier, Place de la Concorde, and the Grand Palais, plus catch sight of the twinkling Eiffel Tower and walk along the banks of the Seine to admire the waterfront in the romantic evening hours.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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3-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour by Minibus

With limited time in Paris, this private tour ensures you maximize your time and cover all the most popular sights in just three hours. Drive along the Left Bank and through the Latin Quarter, stopping to admire the Eiffel Tower, Pantheon, and the Jardin du Luxembourg. Cross to the Île de la Cité to see Notre-Dame Cathedral, then continue to Right Bank attractions including the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, and the Champs-Élysées.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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