EGYPT’S OBELISKS – WHERE ARE THEY TODAY?

An OBELISK is a tall four-sided pillar ending in a pyramid-like shape on top.  They came in pairs and were placed in front of temples, one on each side of the entrance. When QUEEN HATSHEPSUT, Egypt’s first female pharaoh who reigned Egypt for over 20 years (1473 – 1458 BC) had two Obelisks built to stand in front of her temple in Karnak, they were the highest structures in the world.

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Today one of them is still standing, but the other one has toppled over and broke in two pieces which are on the ground nearby.

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There were many temples in Ancient Egypt and many Obelisks, but the desire of other countries to own one of these beautiful monuments started their exodus around the world. They were sold, robbed, or gifted.

There are 11 Egyptian Obelisks in Italy, eight are in Rome, and one of them is gracing  Saint Peter’s Square.

England has 4 – among them Cleopatra’s Needle,  now standing on the Victoria Embankment in London. As always there were two of them, and both were brought from Karnak to Alexandria, where Cleopatra, Egypt’s last pharaoh reigned – hence the name Cleopatra’s Needle.

The other Needle is standing behind the Metropolitan Museum in Central Park in New York… it is the only obelisk the United States has.

In front of Luxor Temple the Obelisk matching the one in Paris

This Obelisk in Front of Luxor Temple, is matching the one in Paris

…….and the wild traffic on Place de la Concorde in Paris circles around an Ancient Egyptian Obelisk. It once stood in front of the Luxor Temple, built by Amenhotep III , between 1390 – 1352 BC. —- its partner is still today guarding the entrance of the Temple in Luxor.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK – DO YOU NEED ANY SPARE PARTS?

WESTERN COUNTRIES SPEND A LOT OF TIME AND MONEY RECYCLING

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On a Market in Cairo

BUT WHEN “NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION” IT DOES THE JOB FOR US!

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ROSETTA STONE – WILL IT GO BACK TO EGYPT

 

AS A FOLLOW UP TO MY BLOG – ROSETTA STONE WHAT IS IT – WHICH I POSTED AFTER HAVING SEEN IT IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM IN LONDON, I AM POSTING THIS ARTICLE WHICH WAS PUBLISHED IN THE EGYPT DAILY NEWS -

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TIME WILL TELL IF THIS ATTEMPT IS SUCCESSFUL

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PS. Would appreciate to hear what you think – should it be returned to Egypt?

 

 

 

 

 

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IT IS A MATTER OF SIZE – BIGGER THAN LIFE AND BIGGER THAN MAN

CAN YOU FIND THE PERSON IN THIS PICTURE?

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Karnak Temple in Luxor

HOW MANY MEN MUST IT HAVE TAKEN TO BUILT THESE COLUMNS?

STANDING NEXT TO THEM ONE REALLY FEELS HUMBLED – I DID.

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PHOTO OT THE WEEK – PEACE !!!

MAYBE IF HUMANS LEARNED TO TALK TO EACH OTHER —

21142-2………….BLOODSHED COULD BE STOPPED?

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EGYPT’S WALL PAINTINGS – REAL OR FACSIMILES?

Is Egypt still  on your Bucket list? And you don’t know when you can go? The Metropolitan Museum in New York is a good alternative. Besides thousands and thousands of Egyptian artifacts, it has the totally reconstructed Temple of Dendur, the Tomb of Perneb (2381 – 2323 BC), and even Cleopatra’s Needle, (Obelisk)

With only one exception these items have all been brought here from Egypt.  The exception is the gallery, in front of the auditorium, where hundreds of wall painting from Egyptian tombs are displayed.  

I have gone to the Metropolitan Museum longer than I want to admit, and never knew that these beautiful and diversified paintings are Facsimiles and not originals. It took a lecture of Dr. Monica Hanna who guided us through the Egyptian wing to find out.

In 1907 the Museum created the Graphic Section of the Egyptian Expedition. Norman de Garis Davies was hired to oversee the work, assisted by his wife Nina. Norman & Nina DaviesShe helped him develop a copying technique that almost exactly simulates the colors and brushstrokes seen on the tomb walls. Most of them are painted at a 1:1 scale, and show deliberately damage and loss suffered over 1000 of years.

The tomb paintings were copied from cemeteries of Western Thebes, royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, as well as tombs of officials living in the village of Deir el-Medina.IMG_4963-2

The following pictures, are just a small sampling, nothing compared to the impact the  gallery will have on you – it might even make you feel like you were in the Valley of the Kings!?

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….and the best part is that the originals wall decorations are still in Egypt, in the place they were meant to be and the Egyptian people are not deprived of their heritage.

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EGYPT’S ANCIENT STONES

Everything in Ancient Egypt was bigger than life — much bigger than life – -their pyramids, their temples, their statues, and their columns. How the Egyptians, so many years ago, were able to build monuments of that size is still a matter of discussion.

Since these structures were erected without the technology we have today, it is even more surprising that they used stones of colossal proportions and weight. For example, for Khufu’s pyramid it has been calculated that 2,500,000 stones weighing between 6.5 to 10 tons each, with the smallest one weighing 1.3. tons, were used. It is hard to imagine how big that is, but when standing next to them and feeling like an insect, you know they are huge.

And it is not only their size that is surprising, it is also the way they were put together. Often it seems like nothing is holding them, yet they are firmly in place and have been so for thousand of years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both of these pictures were taken at the Temple of Karnak in Luxor – as you can see they are holding in place – hard to understand how, but they do.

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In Abydos one of the most ancient cities in Upper Egypt, is the Osirion Temple. It is believed that the head of Osiris, the god of the dead and the underworld, is buried here. This temple was built long before the Pyramids, and the stones they used are even bigger.

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Don’t be afraid to walk through the doorway seen below. It is the only thing left of one of the temples at Medina Habu. It has been there for many centuries and it is not going to fall down now. The stones used here are limestone and granite. The mountains you see beyond the doorway are part of the Valley of the Kings.

Why the Ancient Egyptians used stones of such colossal dimensions to build their temples and monuments is still a mystery. Could it be that cutting the stones smaller was more difficult than moving and lifting a 6 ton stone? We might never know. But even if one day we will find out, our admiration for their architectural achievements will never vanish.

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