Obelisk in Cartagena

The Obelisk was invented by the ancient Egyptians. It consists simply of a straight pylon which is very tall (15 meters and more) and monolithic, having four sides gradually attenuated and crowned at the top by a pyramid (pyramidon). Erected in honor of military heroes and pharaoh, they are inscribed with hieroglyphs that glorify and pay homage to their triumphs and achievements.
Some of the most antique obelisks were taken to Rome.  Napoleon expropriated one from Luxor in Thebes to adorn Paris.  And not to be outdone, the Anglo-Saxon community carried off another pair, known as The Needles of Cleopatra, one of  which is in London and the other in New York. The Washington monument in the capital of the US is an enormous obelisk.
Cartagena, another a city which is fond of its monuments, erected its own obelisk in the center of the Centennial Park opened 1911 to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the gaining of independence from Spain. The obelisk is a grandiose marble structure erected to honor the signatories of the Act of Independence.

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