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Obelisks of Nectanebo II, London

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The Obelisks of Nectanebo II are a pair of monumental obelisks that were found in Cairo but were originally located in the ancient city of Hermopolis (modern Al-Ashmunayn), central Egypt. The fragmentary monoliths were recovered by French scholars as part of Napoleon's 1798 expedition to Egypt but, after the capitulation of French forces, they were confiscated by the British, along with a number of antiquities including the Rosetta Stone, and transported to England. They can now be seen in the Great Court of the British Museum.
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  • I am both fascinated and intrigued by ancient Egyptian obelisk, and my eventual goal is to see them all in person. On our last trip to London, I was able to visit the great British Museum and see the....  more »
  • This obelisk stands in the British Museum, and there is much to discover and admire. A highlight of the Egyptian collection at the Museum.
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