Obelisk. The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt made it. And the Roman Emperors made its replicas. Really a lot of obelisks were made, from a small one as less than 1 meter to a large one as more than 30 meters. But there are about 30+ obelisks at present, which are large-size ones standing outdoors.

Ramses II Obelisk
Ramses II Obelisk

Washington Monument

Washington Monument

Out of 30, only 7 obelisks are still remaining in Egypt, and 13 are in Rome, Italy. Other obelisks are - in Paris, London, New York, Istanbul, Florence, Urbino (a small town in Italy), Catania (Sicilia), Wimborne (a small town in Southern England), Arles (Southen France) and Caesarea (Israel), one obelisk respectively.

Egypt  7
Rome 13
Others  10

Let's go to the travel, and visit all the obelisks worldwide. You can learn about their provenance and the present state.

However, please note that we will visit only the Egyptian and Ancient Roman "authentic" obelisks, and not "obelisk-shaped" structures which were built in 18th Century and after like well-known Washington Monument (See right) in Washington, D.C. For your reference, here are some examples "obelisk-shaped" structures worldwide. Click here

-- Travel Guide: Shoji Okamoto

  Travel Route  

   Visit by geographic site (All 30+ obelisks are classified by the current location.)
   Visit by Pharaoh and transition route (Classified by the Pharaoh who erected the obelisk, and shown the transition route from the original site to the current location.)

  What's New   

The explanation of Caesarea Obelisk was corrected. (January 2015)
The story of Philae Obelisk was slightly revised. (March 2014)
The story of Piazza del Quirinale Obelisk was slightly revised. (December 2011)
The picture for Philae Obelisk was replaced. (October 2011)
The story of Monte Pincio Obelisk was slightly revised. (April 2011)
The story of Queen Hatshepsut Obelisk was slightly revised. (March 2011)

Welcome any suggestions, opinions, corrections, additional information, different photos, etc.
E-mail to Shoji Okamoto at shoji_okamoto31@yahoo.co.jp.

Edited in June 1999
Revised & Last Updated ..... July 2015

1.   All 30 Standing Obelisks Worldwide (Outdoor)
( Listing 30+ obelisks.)
Heliopolis, Egypt
Heliopolis Obelisk
Cairo Airport Obelisk
Cairo, Egypt
Gezira Island Obelisk Al Andalus Garden in Gezira Island
Luxor/Karnak, Egypt
Ramses II Obelisk Luxor Temple, In front of the 1st Pylon, left side.
Seti II Obelisk Karnak Great Temple of Amun, Before 1st Pylon, right side.
Tuthmosis I Obelisk Karnak Great Temple of Amun, Between 3rd and 4th Pylon, right side.
Queen Hatshepsut Obelisk Karnak Great Temple of Amun, Between 4th and 5th Pylon, left side.
Caesarea, Israel
Caesarea Obelisk
Istanbul, Turkey
Theodosius Obelisk
Rome [Roma], Italy (in order of height)
 1. Lateran Obelisk in the Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano.
 2. Vatican Obelisk at the center of St. Peter's Square.
 3. Flaminian Obelisk in the Piazza del Popolo.
 4. Psammetikos II Obelisk in the Piazza di Montecitorio.
 5. Piazza Navona Obelisk at the Piazza Navona.
 6. Piazza dell'Esquilino Obelisk behind of the Bascilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.
 7. Piazza del Quirinale Obelisk in the Piazza del Quirinale.
 8. Trinita dei Monti Obelisk at the top of Spanish Steps.
 9. Monte Pincio Obelisk Pincio Hill's Garderns.
10. Terme Obelisk Near the Piazza della Repubblica.
11. Rotonda Obelisk in front of Pantheon. (Piazza della Rotonda)
12. Minerva Obelisk in front of Chiesa di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. (Piazza della Minerva)
13. Celimontana Obelisk Villa Celimontana.
Benevento, Italy
Benevento Obelisk at the Piazza Santa Sofia.
Benevento Obelisk at the Piazza Paolo Emilio Papiniano. (Piazza Papiniano)
Urbino, Italy
Obelisk of Urbino at the Piazza del Rinascimento.
Florence [Firenze], Italy
Boboli Gardens Obelisk in Boboli Gardens, behind the Pitti Palace.
Catania, Sicilia, Italy
Catania Obelisk in Piazza del Duomo.
Paris, France
Obelisk at Place de la Concorde
Arles, France
Obelisk of Arles at Place de la République.
New York, USA
Cleopatra's Needle in Central Park.
London, England
Cleopatra's Needle at Victoria Embankment.
Wimborne, Dorset, England
Philae Obelisk in Kingston Lacy Gardens.
2.  Other Small Obelisks (Indoor)

Luxor, Egypt
Ramses III Obelisk in the Luxor Museum.
Benevento, Italy
Benevento Obelisk in the Museo del Sannio (Samnium Museum).
Poznań, Poland
Ramses II Obelisk in the Poznań Archaeological Museum.
Durham, Durham, England
Amenhotep II Obelisk in the University of Durham.
3.   Useful Links

History of the Egyptian Obelisks by Carlitos Lunghi
(A very detailed guide for world obelisks.)

Obelisks in Rome, Part 1 by Andrea Pollett
Obelisks in Rome, Part 2 by Andrea Pollett
Obelisks in Rome, Part 3 by Andrea Pollett
Obelisks in Rome, Part 4 by Andrea Pollett

(Introducing all the obelisks in Rome with pictures and illustrations. A very excellent guide.)

4.   Other Obelisks

Click here for the list of other obelisks worldwide.

The series of these pages were created in 1999 by Shoji Okamoto, based on his own research and the inspiration by NOVA Online Web site which was produced for PBS Online by WGBH Educational Foundation.
Shoji Okamoto
E-mail: shoji_okamoto31@yahoo.co.jp

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