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Old March 30th, 2010, 11:26 PM   #1
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Obelisks around the world

Post some photos of obelisks around the world.
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Obelisk of Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires, Argentina






McKinley Monument - Buffalo, New York, USA:




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Old March 31st, 2010, 12:39 AM   #2
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Theres something odd about so many cities having there own obelisk
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Old March 31st, 2010, 01:35 AM   #3
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Obelisks used to be an important part of Ethiopian architectural tradition. The oldest Ethiopian obelisk date from 5,000-2,000 BC.

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My page about Ethiopian Architecture.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 03:58 AM   #4
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Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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Bandung "Sea of Fire" Monument, Bandung, Indonesia



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http://www.bandung.go.id/images/download/tegallega1.jpg
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Old April 4th, 2010, 04:40 PM   #6
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not an obelisk!
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Old April 4th, 2010, 08:22 PM   #7
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http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/1473417.jpg

Great sculpture!!!!
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Old April 4th, 2010, 09:06 PM   #8
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Montevideo, Uruguay, Obelisk:

Obelisk of Montevideo:
The force, the law and the freedom








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Old April 4th, 2010, 10:36 PM   #9
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That reminds me:

The Juche Tower, Pyongyang, North Korea:

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View from the Observation Deck:

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Old April 4th, 2010, 11:14 PM   #10
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Art Deco Obelisk

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the base

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Jacinto_Monument

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Old April 5th, 2010, 04:52 PM   #11
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Old April 5th, 2010, 05:50 PM   #12
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Rome


Obelisco Minerveo

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Obelisco Macuteo

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Obelisco Sallustiano

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Obelisco Agonale

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Obelisco Flaminio

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Obelisco Psammetico

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Obelisco Esquilino

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Obelisco Dogali

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Obelisco Pinciano

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Obelisco Matteiano



Obelisco Quirinale

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Obelisco Vaticano

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Obelisco Lateranense

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Obelisco Medici

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Old April 5th, 2010, 06:45 PM   #13
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did you see the SSP obelisk thread?

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Houston - the world's tallest



Washington D.C. - the most famous?





London



Columbia, South Carolina



Asheville, North Carolina



Birmingham, Alabama



Birmingham, UK



Knoxville, Tennessee



Oklahoma City, Oklahoma



Charlotte, North Carolina



Manchester



Charleston, South Carolina



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Theres something odd about so many cities having there own obelisk
it's so that when the aliens return, they'll know which cities to spare.

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Many of these pictures don't show obelisks, they are simple columns topped by something, like the one in Houston, for example. An obelisk has four sides and the top is like a pyramid.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 09:40 PM   #17
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Many of these pictures don't show obelisks, they are simple columns topped by something, like the one in Houston, for example. An obelisk has four sides and the top is like a pyramid.
"like" a pyramid; Houston's is an obelisk...the "like a pyramid" is a star (it's the "lone star state,") so by your own words, it's "like a pyramid."

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This is the oldest Egyptian obelisk (already in a traffic circle in the City of Fayoum) which was built by Sesistris I (reigned 1908-1875 BC) about 3900 years ago:



It could be just a copy some older Mesopotamian and Elamite obelisks, like this one in Susa:

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Old April 8th, 2010, 11:33 AM   #19
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It could be just a copy some older Mesopotamian and Elamite obelisks, like this one in Susa
I think obelisks have their roots in pagan religions as in many ancient cultures a pole was a symbol of male fertility. That's why different cultures have their unique style of obelisks. Except, of course, the Western world - that almost universally copied Egyptian-style obelisks with little creative input of their own.
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Old April 8th, 2010, 12:13 PM   #20
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Here's a little rather new one from Herning, Denmark:

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