An obelisk is a tall and tapering pillar-like monument with four sides, and has a shape that looks like a pyramid at the top. Originally, obelisks were monolithic, but over time, more and more obelisks came to be built of several stones. Some modern obelisks even have interior spaces. Let us take a look at 10 Amazing Obelisks in the World. World's 10 Most Amazing Obelisks.
Walled Obelisk (Istanbul, Turkey)
The Walled Obelisk is located in Istanbul, Turkey. It is made up of roughly cut stones and reaches to a height of 32m. This Byzantine obelisk was built by Constantine VI. It is was reportedly ornamented with gilded bronze plaques, and a sphere at the top of the obelisk. However, the decorations were stolen, and the monument suffered heavy damage in the hands of Fourth Crusaders and Janissaries.
Lateran Obelisk (Rome, Italy)
The Lateran Obelisk is the world's largest standing Egyptian monolithic obelisk, located in Rome, Italy. Originally meant to be brought to Constantinople, it taken to Alexandria by Constantius II, who again shipped it to Rome in 357. It broke and got buried, until it was dug up and restored in 1588. It is now topped with a cross, and has a pedestal which is decorated with inscriptions in hieroglyphics.
Luxor Obelisks (Egypt)
The Luxor Obelisks are among the greatest of all obelisks in the world. The obelisk twins are over 3000 years old, built outside the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Luxor Temple on the east bank of River Nile in Egypt. The one on the right was presented France by the Egyptian government in the 19th century, and stands in Paris where it is also called Cleopatra's Needle. Its twin stands in Egypt.
Cleopatra's Needle (Paris)
Apart from Paris' Luxor Obelisk which was brought here from outside Egypt's Luxor Temple, there are two other obelisks which are also called Cleopatra's Needles. These two are located in New York City in the US and London in the UK. These two are a pair, originating in the city of Heliopolis, which is now known as Cairo, Egypt, and are made of red granite, with Egyptian hieroglyphic inscriptions.
Temple of ReAtum Obelisk (Egypt)
The Temple of Re-Atum Obelisk, generally referred to as the Heliopolis obelisk for convenience, is located in Al-Mataririyyah, in Egypt, Cairo, standing in its original position. Erected by Senuret I of the Twelfth dynasty, it is one of the most amazing obelisks in the world, since it is the only surviving remnant of Heliopolis, one of the oldest cities of Egypt, lying at the edge of Cairo, in complete ruins.