Thursday, May 9, 2013

Obélisque de Louxor

Luxor Obelisk, place de la Concorde, Paris
The Obélisque de Louxor (Luxor Obelisk)
Place de la Concorde
Quartier des Champs-Élysées, 8e arrondissement
Paris, July 2011

“The Luxor Obelisk is over 3,000 years old and was originally situated outside of Luxor Temple, where its twin remains to this day. It first arrived in Paris on December 21, 1833, having been shipped from Luxor via Alexandria and Cherbourg, and three years later, on October 25, 1836, was moved to the center of Place de la Concorde by King Louis-Phillipe. It was gifted to France by Muhammad Ali, Ruler of Egypt. In August 1832, the French paddle ship Sphinx sailed to Alexandria to rendezvous there with the barge Louqsor, which was to load the Luxor Obelisk and bring it to Paris. Sphinx then towed Louqsor back to France. The ships departed on 1 April 1833 and reached Toulon on 10 May. The ships arrived at Cherbourg on 12 August 1833.” (Luxor Obelisk, Wikipedia)

1 comment:

cieldequimper said...

That photo could have been taken today, same sky...