Obelisk of Queen Hapshetsut,

Obelisk of Queen Hapshetsut,

Obelisk of Queen Hapshetsut,
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR3,866 contributions
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Dec 2022 • Couples
My wife and I visited the Temple of Karnak site, which contains the Obelisk of Hatshepsut, during a tour of Egypt this past December. The first obelisk you encounter upon entering the site is the Obelisk of Thutmoses I on the right. The Obelisk of Hatshepsut is on the left a little farther into the site and it is the taller of the two. In fact, it is the tallest obelisk in Egypt and the second tallest in the world. The only one taller is in Rome. It amazed me to see these obelisks with such intricate carvings that are still intact in such good condition after all these centuries.
Written 21 November 2023
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia5,048 contributions
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Mar 2023
The name "obelisk" is Greek for "spit", as in a long pointed piece of wood generally used for cooking, because the Greek historian Herodotus was the first to write about them and so named them. The Egyptians called them tekhenu which means "to pierce" as in "to pierce the sky". The obelisks of ancient Egypt represented the benben, the primordial mound upon which the god Atum stood at the creation of the world. Queen Hatshepsut was a successful and beloved leader. During her reign, Egypt experienced great prosperity. The obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, built in the year 1457 BC, during the XVIII dynasty, is the second biggest of all the ancient Egyptian obelisks. Made of one single piece of pink granite, it has a height of 28.58 metres and its weight is 343 tons. During her reign, she had two obelisks built, one of which still stands in these Big Temple of Amon, in Karnak. The dual obelisks were raised in honor of a great king's accomplishments (or, in the case of Hatshepsut, a great queen), but also served to honor the gods or, more often, a specific god in these case the god Amon. Unfortunately, roughly 25 years after Hatshepsut's death at around age 49, Thutmose III systematically destroyed his aunt's legacy, burying all evidence of her in the Egyptian sand. He stripped her name and associated phrases like “Wife of Amen” from obelisks, statues, and even from the interiors of the temple Deir el-Bahri.
Written 7 May 2023
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D1spm
Redditch, UK1,620 contributions
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Apr 2022 • Couples
Similar to the other Obelisks by way of spectacular. Each one is different by way of the hieroglyphs that are carved in. Whilst walking around you will easily see them all
Written 9 April 2022
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2,342 contributions
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Dec 2019
Would highly recommend this site! Parked in the parking lot but in order to board the included shuttle, you will need to walk through the "Valley of the Vendors." They are relentless in pursuing you, if you show an interest in their goods. There is no charge to take photos with your cell phone or regular cameras. Absolutely, there is no shade. Great to get a photo shot with the temple in the background before you investigate the interior. It is helpful to have a guide to explain things to you. Would recommend about 1.5 to 2 hours here. If you do or don't have a guide, it is helpful to read up on the temple before you arrive. It is an immense temple that rises amid the limestone cliffs, built about 1473-1485 BC.
Written 24 November 2020
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DEK_29
Brisbane, Australia1,087 contributions
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Jan 2020
The tallest obelisk ever erected was commissioned by Hapshepsut in devotion of the god Amun who she believed was her father. During the Sound and Light show this piece of information is read out. Hapshepsut wanted to rise a golden obelisk but was unable to, so she built an obelisk of stone which would be covered in electrum. The ravages of time have seen the electrum stripped off the obelisk, other Hapshepsut obelisks broken and this one was hidden inside walls. However, restoration of the site brought back the obelisk for us to enjoy.
Written 11 September 2020
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Hamayon M
Hopkinton, MA73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
There is a lot of history behind this Obelisk, which your tour guide must explain when visiting the Karnak temple.
Written 2 March 2020
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Ukienomad
Fleming Island, FL6,361 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Friends
Obelisk at the Karnak Temple in Egypt is 97 feet tall and weighs approximately 320 tons, which was raised by Queen Hatshepsut in honor of the god Amun. The walls are covered in hieroglyphics and are quite pronounced like they were first carved 3,000 years ago. It’s amazing how they got this obelisk up and how many people it took. Karnak Temple is just amazing and huge. You need a lot of time to go through it all. Wonderful experience. A must do!
Written 21 February 2020
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badrax
Fort Lauderdale, FL1,443 contributions
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Oct 2019 • Friends
This incredible original obelisk is in Amazing shape and highlight of the trip
A must do photograph opportunity
Written 17 October 2019
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westy54
Sydney, Australia9,105 contributions
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Oct 2018 • Couples
This obelisk is originally one of two - the other one having fallen over - that stood either side of the entrance to the Great Temple of Amun which is located within the Karnak Temple Complex. At a height of approximately 29 metres it is the tallest of the eight remaining ancient obelisks in Egypt and the second largest in the world behind the Lateran Obelisk which is now in Rome. The obelisk is made of one single piece of pink granite and is estimated to weigh around 343 tons.

It is believed that the obelisk was originally ordered by King Tutmose II but it could not be completed before his death. His successor to the throne was his wife Queen Hatshepsut and it is she who had the obelisk finished, transported to Karnack and erected where it now stands. The obelisk is believed to have been erected in 1457 BC and inscriptions on its base indicated that it took seven months to construct.

There are two obelisks in the Karnack Temple complex. The Queen Hatshepsut Obelisk and the smaller Thutmose I Obelisk and they are located very close together.

The Queen Hatshepsut Obelisk is located on the left hand side as you continue to walk through the complex from the main gate whilst the Thutmose I Obelisk is located on the right and is the first obelisk you encounter.

Quite magnificent structures believed to have been erected to Ra, the Sun God.
Written 22 March 2019
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japanese doremi
Chuo, Japan14,335 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Solo
The "Obelisk of Queen Hapshetsut," is located very close to the "Thuthmosis I Obelisk."
Located in the "Karnak Temple," the "Obelisk of Queen Hapshetsut," is made of a single piece of wood and is quite tall, about 30 meters.
In addition, since "Thuthmosis I" is the father and "Queen Hatshepsut" is his daughter, and they are located very close to each other, they are also called the "Parent-Child Obelisk."
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Written 11 April 2024
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