Standing at the center of the Place de la Concorde, the Luxor Obelisk rises 23 meters high. Taken from its original home in the Luxor Temple in Egypt the Luxor Obelisk now resides in Paris. The Obelisk is a yellow granite column and weighs over 250 metric tons (280 short tons). It is decorated extensively with hieroglyphics exalting the reign of the king Ramses II. Given the technical limitations of the day, transporting it was no easy feat: on the pedestal are drawn diagrams explaining the complex machinery that were used for the transportation. The Luxor Obelisk is flanked on both sides by fountains constructed at the time of its erection on what is presently the Place de la Concorde.
On December 1, 1993 during the early morning, French AIDS fighting society Act Up Paris carried out a fast and unwarned commando-style operation. A giant blue condom was unrolled over the whole monument. Then in 1998 and 2000, without warning French urban climber Alain “Spiderman” Robert, using only his bare hands and climbing shoes on his feet and with no safety devices, scaled the obelisk all the way to the top.
Planning a visit or tour to the Luxor Obelisk in Paris? Here’s the info you’ll need
Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris, France