Obelisk of Thutmoses I
Obelisk of Thutmoses I
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chanyu1
california686 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Looking up at this and other obelisks makes you wonder how did they erect this giant piece of rock without a crane? If you want to photograph one and do not want to walk, there's one in front of the Luxor Temple where you do not have to walk as far and much more open...
Written December 14, 2019
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Rae
8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
The real historians and academics might find a reason to cherish this!!!! Others can just skip it!!!
Written February 7, 2021
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TTOverseas
Cairo, Egypt203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It struck us standing in the shadow how amazingly lucky the Obelisk is (and thus, us for getting to see it)- mainly because walking around you see some of the unlucky remnants of others that didn't survive the years for one reason or another.

It can be seen across Karnak area and the carving is beautiful.
Written February 8, 2020
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Donald B
Brisbane, Australia129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Consisting of a single piece of granite sourced from hundreds of kilometers away, the obelisk is stunning.
Written March 18, 2020
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John S
Puerto Rico188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
These obelisks were as far as I went into Karnak. It was very hot and I was tired. This is a big place (68+ acres, I think).
Written August 9, 2019
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Gdreviewer1205
Los Angeles, CA144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Its hard to believe that this structure was carved out of one piece of lime stone. It was floated to this site and then stood up. The ancient Egyptians were very clever. Admire its art and engravings, you are looking at a piece of history over 4000 years old.
Written February 6, 2019
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samara362017
Charlotte, NC19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Business
Get out of the hotel and visit the second and largest of the two Obelisks as stated was of Queen Hatshepsut herself also of the18th Dynasty. This magnificent Obelisk is at the 4th Pylon and towers higher than the other one at approx 30 metres height x 2.6 metres square and weighed 323 tons and was also cut out from one single piece of Granite, it was covered in Electrum of Gold & Silver and it took teams of stonemasons over 7 months to cut it out in one piece and like Thutmoses I, it was placed on barges and floated up the Nile on the flooded waters. You will be amazed
There was also a second Obelisk of her erected here but it remains scattered around the complex and in the Northern end of the Sacred Lake, But the tip is on full view nearby.
There is an inscription on the main Obelisk that says " I build this monument in the love of my Father Amen "

Written March 5, 2017
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Brian J
Ashford, UK605 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016
These two magnificent Obelisks stand in prominence within this fantastic Complex, The first one and the smaller of the two is that of Thutmoses I who reigned in the 18th Dynasty, It is approx 22 metres in height x 2metres Square and weighed 140 tons, It wa cut from a single Granite stone at the first cataract in Aswan and was placed onto a Nile barge awaiting for the Great Floods to carry it up to Karnak. He`s royal name appears on all four sides at the bases in cartouche`s. It can be found at the 3rd Pylon and originally there were 4 such Obelisks but they have all disappeared since. He was the Father of the other Obelisk of Queen Hatchepsut.

The second and largest of the two Obelisks as stated was of Queen Hatchepsut herself also of the18th Dynasty. This magnificent Obelisk is at the 4th Pylon and towers higher than the other one at approx 30 metres height x 2.6 metres square and weighed 323 tons and was also cut out from one single piece of Granite, it was covered in Electrum of Gold & Silver and it took teams of stonemasons over 7 months to cut it out in one piece and like Thutmoses it was placed on barges and floated up the Nile on the flooded waters.
There was also a second Obelisk of her erected here but it remains scattered around the complex and in the Northern end of the Sacred Lake, But the tip is on full view nearby.
There is an inscription on the main Obelisk that says " I build this monument in the love of my Father Amen "

Written October 26, 2016
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DNC2014
Regina, Canada66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
These obelisks are wonderful examples of ancient engineering feats and the artisans that sculpted them. The history of how they were carved and then moved into place is amazing.
Written December 12, 2019
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Ontario76
Sherwood Park, Canada1,095 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Be amazed by the workmanship making it first, and then getting it vertical. Egyptian obelisks were relocated to many parts of the world, sometimes broken in the process. This is where it belongs and it stands as the marker it should. The carvings are in great condition centuries later.
Written October 21, 2019
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