Obelisks

A tall four-sided shaft with a rectangular or square plan, tapering upwards, with a pyramidal top and often covered in hieroglyphics. Obelisks were made primarily in ancient Egypt, where they were erected in pairs. Many were later brought to Europe, especially Rome, where they were erected as single monuments.

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obelisk
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guglias
obelisken Dutch
gedenknaalden Dutch
obeliscos Spanish
obelisco Spanish
obelo Spanish

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Tall, slender, four-sided, usually monolithic stone shafts which taper upward and end in a pyramidal tip.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300007021. The J. Paul Getty Trust.