I am a licensed guide living in Paris. So, whether you want an overview of the city and its monuments or want a themed tour, I would be happy to take you around the city. The first time I came to Paris, I was a tourist and in awe of the beauty of the city. The pictures I had seen didn’t do any justice to what I saw at that time. A few months later...Read More
The Luxor obelisk of place de la Concorde
The monument in the centre of the Place de La Concorde is called the Luxor Obelisk. It is at least 3000 years old making it one of the oldest monuments in Paris. The obelisk along with its twin was originally found in front of the Amon or the sun god temple in Luxor, Egypt. The second obelisk can be found in Luxor. The 2 obelisks were the largest to be erected by the Egyptian Pharaon, Ramses II. The one in Paris is about 22,5m (almost 74 feet) tall and weighs about 227 tonnes. The Temple in Luxor Source: Wikimedia Commons/ Ad Meskens Today I am going to tell you the story of how and why one of the two monuments travelled to France. Jean- François Champollion, a french scholar from the 19th century was one of the first few to successfully interpreted the hieroglyphs (an Egyptian pictorial script). The governor...