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Ane o the twa Luxor obelisks in the Place de la Concorde in Paris; a reid granite monolithic column, 23 metres (75 ft) heich, includingthe base, which wechts ower 250 metric tons (280 short tons).

An obelisk (frae Greek ὀβελίσκος - obeliskos,[1] diminutive o ὀβελός - obelos, "spit, nail, pyntit pillar"[2]) is a taw, fower-sidit, nairae 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.

The term stele is generally uised for ither monumental staundin inscribit sculptit stanes.

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