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Notes on the Geography of Egypt: Luxor Temple: Photo 2

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The first pylon of Luxor Temple stands at the southern end of the avenue of sphinxes. Rameses II--19th Dynasty, 13th Century B.C.--gazes here upon the causeway that Ectanebo modified a thousand years after Rameses' death. The red granite obelisk is famously missing its twin, taken in 1833 to the Place de la Concorde in Paris. The pioneering Egyptologist John Gardner Wilkinson witnessed the removal, with ropes, pulleys, and a tall wooden frame.

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