Carlitos Lunghi Site
PARIS

The legend tells that Josephine said to Napoleon before leaving to  conquest
of  Egypt  in 1798 " If you go to Thebes, do send me a small obelisk ", true
or false the legend, the obelisk of RAMSES II was erected in Paris.
The transfer  of  the obelisk  from  Luxor  to  Paris must to Naval Engineer Jean-Francois  Champollion, brilliant  decoder of the jeroglific language and
rescuer of the faraonic genius.
In 1829, while it was in Egypt, Champollion  had  the  news  of  which  the
English wanted to buy  several  obelisks  to  the  Almighty of Egypt, during
ocupacion turkish,  Mohammed-Ali. Conversations  began. The egyptology transform into a businessman.
To  save  at  least  one  of  the  obelisk  of  Luxor,  that  considered  like  a
threatened masterpiece  of  destruction, Champollion proposed, by the sum
of 300,000 francs, to transfer the monolith of Luxor to Paris.
To raise to a similar monument  in  the capital of France correspondia with
the desire showed by Napoleon and it was according to the national honor.
The French and Egyptian  authorities  were  agreed and without losing time
since the franc-Egyptian relations  will  be risk of deteriorate,  order  to  the
transfer to Jean-Baptiste Apollinaire Lebas.
Exists  another  theory  one  that  tells that  it  was  product  of authenticate
changed between king of France Louis XVIII and the Egyptian Mohammed
-Ali, so single monarch by the interchange of a clock, that to  make matters
worse, didn´t work, and that he conserves  at  the  moment  in the  mosque
that the own Mohammed-Ali construct in the Cairo to imitation  of  the one
of Santa Sofia, in Constantinopla.
Shortly before the game  of  Champollion  towards France, Mohammed-Ali
confirm to the father of egyptology, that the obelisk that was chosen will be
to Paris. Baron Taylor, was sent by Charles X to close the treatment.
To    the   translate   the  obelisk  of  22,83 meters  of  and 227  tons,  was
constructed a special boat, the Luxor, who get out of Tolon in search of the
obelisk in March of 1831, leaving Egypt in April of 1833, berthing in Tolon
after one travel of 40 days, nevertheless arrived to Paris  via Cherburgo  by
the end of December of 1833  and  the maneuvers of  their  rise  were  not
made until the 22 of October of  1836,  that  is to say, five years and seven
months after of which the boat that went in its search left from France, date
in which it was raised  in  the  Concord  square, just  in  the crossing  of the
main axes of Paris, before the presence of almost 200.000 people.
For their rise in the  Parisian  seat  300  men  and everything were used the
tecnnical to that the French engineers of that time could resort, doing use of
pulleys, ropes and megafonos to direct the operation to it.
When seeing  that  the  cords  in  an  end  threatened  breaking  themselves,
expectador, whose identity is not known, send the order: "!Wash the cords"
The operation it had success and the stone needle ereted  for  second  birth,
under the sky of Paris.


Old paint showed a raised to the obelisk
in Concord square.


View of the Concord square in
early 20th century.

The obelisk of the Concord square is the old monument of Paris.
Consecrated  by  RAMSES II, its  name  is  writing  in  this,  in "cartridges",
extended ovalos that finish  in  knots  and that they evoke the universe that
pharaoh  made its power,  turning  to  this, "the triumphant pharaoh", in an
old protector of the french capital.
Translation  of  the jeroglifics of the obelisk of the Concord square just the
book of Christian Jacq "The enigma of the stone".



Actuals views to the obelisk of the Concord square  - Paris, France.

                    The 14 of  May  of  1998 a gold  socket  was  placed  on  the  obelisk, as it
                 were originally, which is created was  robbed  by  Asayrian  or  the Persian
                 invaders in the VI century B.C.
                 The decision was taken by the french president Jacques Chiraque,to a cost
                 of U$S 252.000, like part of celebrations of the Franc-Egyptian   relations,
                 by   the   visit   of   egyptian   president  Hosni  Mubarak, the  socket  was
                 constructed in bronze and place setting with a leaf of 23.5 gold of carat.


Details to the socket of the obeliks of the Concord

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The History of the Egyptian Obelisk