An obelisk was a monument made of
stone. Each obelisk was placed in a public place. In ancient Egypt,
obelisks were often built in pairs. Some were not very high. But some were seventy feet (70 feet!)
Obelisks had writing on them. Each told
a short story about someone or something. These stories help us
understand more about the ancient Egyptians.
Most obelisks were commissioned by
pharaohs, but anyone could build one if they had the money.
Time Keeping and Shadow Clocks
Build an Obelisk at Mysteries of the Nile
See Also: Cartouche