Obelisk, Central Park - 1901


Photochrom in album prepared by Detroit Photographic Co. to use as a catalog in its office. Copyright 1901. Source: Library of Congress.

The Obelisk in Central Park is more than 3,000 years old, it is 21.2 meters high and weighs a 220 tons. It was one of two obelisks erected circa 1450 BCE to commemorate Pharaoh Thutmose III's 30th year of reign. In the 1870s, the government of Egypt gave one to the United States and the other to Great Britain. The Obelisk in Central Park was turned upright on January 22, 1881.




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