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.
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.
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
|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.)|
|The story of Piazza del Quirinale Obelisk was slightly revised. (December 2011)|
|The explanation of Caesarea Obelisk was corrected. (November 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)|
|The story of Heliopolis Obelisk was slightly revised. (March 2011)|
Edited in June 1999
Revised & Last Updated ..... February 2012
|1.||All 30 Standing Obelisks Worldwide (Outdoor)|
|( Listing 30+ obelisks.)
|2.||Other Small Obelisks (Indoor)|
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.