Many of the stone obelisks were gone or broken.
Many inscriptions and ancient fragments may be seen built into the houses; in front of the Madonna delle Grazie is a bull in red Egyptian granite, and in the Piazza Papiniano the fragments of two Egyptian obelisks erected in A.D.
The columned, round-headed windows are set in deeply between the pillars which carry the massive entablature, and this again is surmounted by a balustrade with obelisks at each angle and figures marking the line of each bay.
In front of the pylon Rameses set up colossi and a pair of obelisks (one of which was taken to Paris in 1831 and re-erected in the Place de la Concorde).
Behind the Emporium rose (8) the Great Caesareum, by which stood the two great obelisks, later known as "Cleopatra's Needles," and now removed to New York and London.
Obelisks were usually raised on pedestals of cubical form resting on one or two steps, and were set up in pairs in front of the entrance of temples.
Small obelisks have been found in tombs of the age of the Old Kingdom.
Colossal granite obelisks were erected by only a few kings, Senwosri I.
Smaller obelisks were made in the Saite period.
Such obelisks were probably more than mere embellishments of the temples.
The material employed for the great obelisks was a pink granite from the quarries of Syene, and in these quarries there still remains,.
Gorringe, Egyptian Obelisks (New York, 1882; London, 1885, &c.); F.
Borchardt, Das Re-Heiligtum des K6nigs Ne-woser-Re (Berlin, 1905); on the ancient method of raising obelisks, L.
For the Abyssinian obelisks see especially E.
Most of the antiquities of Axum still await excavation; those that have been described consist mainly of obelisks, of which about fifty are still standing, while many more are fallen.
They form a consecutive series from rude unhewn stones to highly finished obelisks, of which the tallest still erect is 60 ft.
The artificial mole was probably of earlier date than the reign of Augustus (possibly 2nd century B.C.); and by that time at any rate there were docks large enough to contain the vessels employed in bringing the obelisks from Egypt.
Two such still remain hard by the ruins of the royal sanctuary of Edom, overlooking Petra, and are obelisks in form, 18 ft.
The erection of the obelisks of the Vatican, the Lateran, the Piazza del Popolo and the square behind the tribune of Sta Maria Maggiore lent a lustre to Rome which no other city in the world could rival.
On the east bank at Karnak stand the great state temple of Amen-Re with its obelisks of Hatshepsut and Tethmosis I.
And Hatshepsutadded to their fathers work; they also built another pylon and some of the existing chambers at Karnak, set up the great obelisks there and carved some colossi.
Of his work at Heliopolis there remain the obelisks of London and New York; and from Elephantine is the obelisk at Sion House.
And IT., and set up two obelisks in front of the entrance as it then was.
Or repairs to the Quirinal, Lateran and Vatican palaces; the erection of four obelisks, including that in the piazza of St Peter's; the opening of six streets; the restoration of the aqueduct of Severus ("Acqua Felice"); besides numerous roads and bridges, an attempt to drain the Pontine marshes, and the encouragement of agriculture and manufacture.
The coast of Caithness abounds in outstanding pillars and obelisks of flagstone.
Not far off are two obelisks cut out of the solid rock.
West of the obelisks are three other places of sacrifice; and on the rocks below worshippers have carved their names (CIS.
Along the road are still to be seen vestiges of cities and inscribed monuments, such as the Himyaritic inscriptions on the high plateau of Kohait, the six obelisks with a Saban inscription at Toconda, and an obelisk with an inscription at Amba Sait.
Dustin shouted, darting through the obelisks towards her.
Even the stone pathway winding through the stone obelisks was either buried in dirt or missing.
Distressed by the damage, he jogged to the central square, where smaller obelisks marking lesser immortal Houses rose out of the ground.
Antiquities, Sites, &c.The remains for archaeological investigation in Egypt may be roughly classified as material and literary: to the latter belong the texts on papyri and the inscriptions, to the former the sites of ancient towns with the temples, fortifications and houses; remains of roads, canals, quarries and other matters falling within the domain of ancient topography; the larger monuments, as obelisks, statues, stelae, &c.; and finally the small antiquitiesutensils, clothes, weapons, amulets, &c. Where moisture can reach the antiquities their preservation is no better in Egypt than it would have been in other countries; for this reason all the papyri in the Delta have perished unless they happen to have been charred by fire.