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  • “It’s in a book called Obelisks,” Conrad said, hearing the desperation in his voice and seeing the disappointment in Serena’s eyes.

    The Atlantis Prophecy Thomas Greanias 2008

  • When Ramses II was over eighty he celebrated his rejuvenation at the feast of Set, repeating it yearly until he was ninety and more, and displaying his power of rejuvenation to the Gods above in the Obelisks he regularly erected as a memorial, which the aged Pharaoh decorated with electrum at the top so that their brightness should pour over lands of Egypt when the sun was mirrored in them.

    Rebellion in the Land of the Pharaohs Fouad Ajami 2011

  • Obelisks were valuable and they broke all too easily, as evidenced by Rome's shattered mistakes, still lying where they landed.

    'Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights' 2010

  • Obelisks and pyramid tombs gained popularity in Europe after Napoleon's campaign in Egypt (1798-1801).

    Cemeteries 2009

  • Obelisks were built by the Egyptians to praise their gods and commemorate their kings.

    Touring the New York City Obelisks 2009

  • Gorringe documented this bold engineering feat and the obelisk's long but interesting journey in his book Egyptian Obelisks.

    Manhattan Obelisks 2009

  • Obelisks continued to increase in popularity, and during the Civil War, they became even more common as grave markers and memorials.

    Touring the New York City Obelisks 2009

  • Obelisks first appeared as tomb markers and memorials in New York in the early 19th century and examples can be found in cemeteries throughout NYC.

    Cemeteries 2009

  • Touring the New York City Obelisks function Go () {return}

    Touring the New York City Obelisks 2009

  • Obelisks are familiar forms present throughout the modern landscape.

    Touring the New York City Obelisks 2009


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