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Heliopolis Obelisk, Cairo, Egypt

August 6th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 
 

The oldest standing obelisk in Egypt. It is 67 feet tall and weighs 120 tons or 240,000 pounds.

This is the oldest surviving obelisk (built in 20 century B.C.), within all the existing 27 standing obelisks worldwide.

Heliopolis was once the seat of worship of the sun god, Ra (Re), and The Great Temple of Re was built in this city. Therefore, although it was a capital city [of the 15th nome (province) of Lower Egypt], but it was important as a religious rather than a political center. The Great Temple of Ra in Heliopolis was the second in size only to the Karnak Great Temple of Amon, and its priesthood wielded great influence, particularly during the 5th dynasty [of the Old Kingdom, 24th Century B.C.], when the worship of Ra become the state cult.

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