Thursday, May 31, 2012

Skywatch Friday

 
I'm linking up over here today! 

The Lateran' Obelisk, today sits in the Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome, Italy.  The immense size of this single piece of granite, is still awesome today and is the tallest surviving ancient Egyptian obelisk anywhere in the world today. There are 27 outside, standing Egyptian obelisks in the world today. Only 6 still reside in Egypt.
The monument was originally commissioned by Tuthmosis III, but he died before its completion. It remained unfinished for 35 years until Tuthmosis III's grandson, Tuthmosis IV, finally completed the work and erected the obelisk in the Temple of Karnak. 
Here is a post from when we visited Karnak.

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