An obelisk (frae Greek ὀβελίσκος - obeliskos, diminutive o ὀβελός - obelos, "spit, nail, pyntit pillar") is a taw, fower-sidit, narrow taperin monument which ends in a pyramid-lik shape at the tap. Lik Egyptian pyramids, whose shape is thoucht tae be representative o the descendin rays o the sun, an obelisk is said tae resemble a petrified ray o the sun-disk. A pair o obelisks uisually stuid in front o a pylon. Auncient obelisks wur eften monolithic, whauras maist modren obelisks are made o several stanes an can hae interior spaces.
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